Maria Watson joins our Women in Games list for the first time with her self-described “dream job” at Sony PlayStation.
Maria graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Arts in 2012, then undertook a graduate sales position with make-up brand L’Oreal.
During this time, she applied for a role with PlayStation NZ. In 2013, Maria was a Marketing and Sales Co-Ordinator, but quickly moved up the ranks and was promoted to Junior Product Manager by 2014.
Between 2013 – 2016, Maria focused on PlayStation’s representation at Armageddon, supporting the marketing team with large scale campaigns including the launch of the PlayStation 4, and games such as Infamous: Second Son, and Uncharted 4.
2016 saw Maria take a short break from PlayStation and move to Australia to get more experience (both professional and worldly), however she returned briefly to NZ to help run the Sony stall at Armageddon. This helped Maria realise that she always had Sony at heart and the following year, she moved back across to New Zealand in April.
Her return to Sony Interactive moved her into the role of Brand Executive which included working on PS VR, launching the PlayLink range, and assisting on the God of War and GT Sports campaigns – both of which are regarded as a huge success.
April 2018 involved another great career move for Maria as she left the marketing team, into sales under the title of Trade Marketing Executive. Her key focus being that the PlayStation brand has the best trade representation. Her focus has not gone unnoticed as it has been noted that Sony are one of the top merchandised brands with New Zealand chain The Warehouse – which results from a large scale project between the two companies.
Speaking to MCV Pacific about being included in this year’s list, Maria said, “I am beyond honoured to be on a list with so many talented women. I am incredibly passionate about gaming and value every day I have working in the industry.”
This year marks Maria’s 5th year in the industry and her 6th Armageddon.