Chances are if you’ve kept your finger on the pulse of the Sonic community over the past half decade, you’ll have encountered this character – SEGA’s Digital Brand Manager, Ken Balough. Ken is probably best known for being one of the most prominent spokespeople representing SEGA during the promotion of both Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episodes 1 and 2, for trailblazing fan engagement with the SEGA Community team, as well as his mean sense of humour.
Yesterday, Ken announced in a statement on the SEGA forums that he would be leaving his position at SEGA to join the team at Sony Playstation.
Amongst other things mentioned in the post, Ken praised the passion of the Sonic fans:
The Sonic fans are the best I’ve experienced – passionate, intelligent, with an unrivalled love of the franchise. I have been privileged to get to know you, and hear your thoughts, and talk to you personally when given the opportunity. There are so many of you I want to thank. You guys are really one of a kind. Continue to encourage everyone at SEGA to make better games – it’s really fuel for us when we see, or hear you guys excited.
On behalf of all of us here at The Sonic Stadium and the SSMB, we wish to thank Ken for five memorable years of service to the community, and congratulate him on the stellar representation he has provided for SEGA and the Sonic franchise.
Ken, we wish you all the best in your new role – buena suerte!
Here are a couple of our favourite Ken moments…