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HMV Head Of Games Leaves

Head of games at HMV Martin Baxter, has announced his plans to leave the retailer. Stating that he wishes to pursue "new opportunities," his last day will be tomorrow, 20th April.

While it's said that HMV is planning to replace him, this temporarily leaves recently hired head of technology (opens in new tab)and games Ewan Pinder, with a few more responsibilities. He stepped up to comment on the change, stating that: "On behalf of HMV and the Games team in particular I would like to thank Martin for his invaluable contribution to the company during the four years that he's been with us.

"We'll certainly miss his passion for HMV and for our Games offer, and we all wish him the very best in his future endeavours."

Mr Baxter commented on his leaving also: "I'm going to miss HMV and the great people that work there, but having achieved what I initially set out to - to develop their PPG offer, I feel the time is now right for me to move on and seek a fresh challenge.

"It's always sad to leave any business with such a heritage, but at least I know I'm going at a time when things have thankfully stabilised for the company and with their games offer on the up again."

While HMV struggled alongside similar high street retailer GAME last year, during the latter's administration the former seems to have settled a little. There have been plans to revamp certain stores to have a more hardware and technology focus, particularly with headphones.

The chain recently took advantage of the GAME (opens in new tab) store closures by increasing its gaming exposure in a similar fashion to supermarkets like Tesco and Sainsbury's.

Dipping his toes into almost everything that could be labeled 'nerdy' in his free time, Jon has been writing about technology for over half a decade. While mainly focusing on PC hardware thoughout this time, today he's more varied, covering everything from gaming to general electronics, industry perspectives and consoles. As well as writing for different sites, Jon enjoys wargaming, reading and PC gaming, hoping to balance out these geeky pastimes with fire spinning and MMA.