Video game execs go round and round…

August 8, 2007

It’s another round of executive musical chairs for Microsoft and Electronic Arts.
John Schappert, an executive vice president at EA, is leaving the world’s biggest video game publisher to take a position with Microsoft as vice president of its Live online gaming service and casual games efforts.
His boss will be Don Mattrick, a former top EA executive who is taking over the Xbox business. Microsoft announced in July that Mattrick will replace Peter Moore, who is heading to EA to run its sports label.

In a rare announcement not involving Microsoft, EA said on Wednesday that Barry Cottle will head up its EA Mobile division that makes cell phone games. Cottle will report to Kathy Vrabeck, a former Activision executive whom EA hired in June to head its casual games label.

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