Marcus Rivers
Step Your Game Up commercials  character
First appearanceMarcus meets Kevin
Created bySony Computer Entertainment America
Portrayed byBobb'e J. Thompson
In-universe information
OccupationPSP publicist

Marcus Rivers (portrayed by child-actor Bobb'e J. Thompson) is a fictional 12-year-old character that was used by Sony Computer Entertainment America as part of their Step Your Game Up advertising campaign for the PlayStation Portable and PSPgo consoles in North America, much like the PlayStation 3's "It Only Does Everything" advertising campaign commercials with Kevin Butler.[1] He started as the publicist of the PlayStation Portable division of Sony, responding to "Dear PSP" queries.[2] The character was created by Deutsch LA, the advertising agency responsible for the campaign. The YouTube channel "marcuspsp" that hosted his videos, was closed on June 15, 2011 for an undisclosed reason.


Marcus Rivers first appeared at E3 2010 in a promo called "Marcus meets Kevin" where Marcus claimed the PSP needs more publicity. Kevin agrees, and hires Marcus as the new PSP publicist.[3] After this, his first "Step Your Game Up" television commercials ensued. Marcus also appeared in various YouTube videos titled "Don't Play That" where he talked about games that people should not waste their money on, instead instructing them they should get a PSP.

Like Kevin Butler, Marcus had a different title in each commercial. His first title was "PSP Gamer" before he got hired by Kevin Butler. His first title as the PSP publicist was "Deputy of Gameland Security" in a commercial for Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. He was later called "Sibling Conflict Advisor" in a ModNation Racers PSP commercial[1] and "Deputy of Great Game Deals" in a commercial promoting "$9.99 Games".[4] "$9.99 Games" was the last commercial that Marcus Rivers appeared in.

See also


  1. ^ a b Lee C Kovacs (2010-05-24). "Marcus Rivers Is Kevin Butler for PSP". TheSixthAxis. Retrieved 2010-06-16.
  2. ^ Dille, Peter (2010-07-02). "Step Your Game Up with PSP and PSPgo". SCEA. Retrieved 2010-07-04.
  3. ^ DynamiteJack (2010-06-16). "Kevin Butler hires Marcus to be PSP spokeskid". Huge Gamer. Retrieved 2010-06-16.
  4. ^ GameVidsDoS (28 August 2010). "Sony PSP Spokesman Marcus Rivers "$9.99 Games" TV Internet Ad Commercial [HD]". Archived from the original on 2021-12-15. Retrieved 11 April 2018 – via YouTube.