Ephraim, who joined Sony Australia in 1992, was reported on 27 February by Kotaku to have been made redundant. Today will be his last day at the organisation.
In a statement reported by MCV Pacific, the company said: "Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe (SIEE) has today announced the departure of long term industry veteran Michael Ephraim, who will step down from the roles of vice-president, SIEE and managing director, Sony Interactive Entertainment Australia and New Zealand (SIE Aust. & NZ).
"Over the last 18 months the PlayStation business has been steadily evolved into SIE (replacing former Sony Computer Entertainment and Sony Network Entertainment organisations). Connected with these general global changes, the Australian and New Zealand businesses will now have a different corporate reporting regime.
Michael Ephraim: long innings ended abruptly.
Jim Ryan, president of global sales and marketing of Sony Interactive Entertainment, was quoted as saying: “Michael is an extremely influential figurehead in the interactive entertainment industry.
“Michael guided the establishment of the PlayStation business in Australia and has since nurtured its growth and success with an unwavering passion and commitment for the brand. I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank Michael and to wish him all the very best for the future.”
Ephraim said: “The opportunity to have been involved from the launch of the original PlayStation has been a once in a lifetime experience. I want to thank everyone across the PlayStation family and specifically all the incredible staff that I’ve had the pleasure to work with here at PlayStation ANZ. I wish everyone continued success in their personal endeavours and also for the SIE organisation."