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Elop handed keys to Xbox division at Microsoft

Former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has been appointed as head of Microsoft’s devices and studios business. The appointment was expected following rumours earlier this month. Current devices and studios boss Julie Larson-Green is to assume the new role of chief experience officer for the applications and services group. You are …

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Eidos Montreal boss quits citing Square Enix’s "lack of courage"

The former head of Deus Ex: Human Revolution developer Eidos Montreal has resigned. In a statement to MCV’s sister siteDevelop, Stephane D’Astous said the company also suffered from a lack of leadership, courage and communication, and that he was not able to do his job properly as a result. He …

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Saturo Iwata takes control at Nintendo of America

Nintendo’s global president Saturo Iwata is taking on a second job – CEO of Nintendo of America. The move is unexpected considering the relative strength of Nintendo’s American performance in its otherwise disappointing financial results released this morning. Current NoA boss Tatsumi Kimishima is to become Nintendo’s global MD and …

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Charlotte Harrington named as new Tesco entertainment boss

The UK’s leading supermarket Tesco has named Charlotte Harrington as its new home entertainment and books boss. She was until this month working as Tesco’s multi-channel general merchandise boss – a position she had held since October 2012. Prior to that Harrington worked as Tesco’s toys, nursey and sport category …

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Zynga’s design chief walks

Zynga lost yet another executive today with the departure of Brian Reynolds. The company faced a mass exodus of its leadership last year, and the loss of its head game designer is certainly a poor way to ring in the new year. Reynolds was lead game designer on Firaxis’s Civilization …

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Rare’s Henson becomes new Lionhead boss

Industry verteran Scott Henson has been named as the new head of operations at Fable studio Lionhead. Announced by Microsoft EMEA corporate VP Phil Harrison during a press event, Henson will take the reigns from Mark Webley, who had led the studio during the interim period following Peter Molyneux’s departure. …

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Mark Slaughter made Head of Marketing at Ubisoft

Ubisoft has announced that Mark Slaughter has assumed the role of head of marketing at its UK office. Slaughter has been promoted to the role following four years with the company. The move follows the departure of former marketing boss Murray Pannell, who left Ubisoft in July to take up …

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Cave CEO and president steps down as outlook darkens for shmup studio

The president and CEO of Japanese developer Cave has resigned his position. Ito Masahito, who will be replaced as president by chairman of the board Kenichi Takano, becomes the second high-profile executive to quit the firm this year following the departure of COO Miko Watanabe in May. It marks a …

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GAME category manager moves to HMV

Former senior category manager for GAME Andy Pinder is to join HMV as its games category manager next month. The role was vacated by Martin Baxter back in April, who has since gone on to join digital retailer Green Man Gaming. Andy Pinder will report to head of technology and …

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