Popular video game retailer GameStop has announced in a press release that the company’s CEO, Michael K. Mauler, has stepped down from his position “for personal reasons, effective immediately.”

Mauler has only held the position of CEO since this past February, when he was named the successor of J. Paul Raines, who himself stepped down for health reasons in November 2017 and passed away in March 2018, one month after Mauler took his position.

With Mauler’s departure, Daniel A. DeMatteo will serve as the GameStop Corp.’s interim CEO for the time being. DeMatteo, the company’s executive chairman of the board of directors, had previously served as the interim CEO following the aforementioned resignation of Raines before Mauler stepped in.

Despite only being CEO for three months, Mauler has worked at GameStop for sixteen years. This is likely why Michael Pachter, a Wedbush Securities analyst, called his departure “a shocker and disruptive” in a statement to the Wall Street Journal. What’s more is that other than saying it was “for personal reasons”, GameStop did not disclose the specific reasons for Mauler’s resignation.

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A lifelong gamer who got his start playing Spyro the Dragon, Trap Gunner, and Medievil II on the original PlayStation (and has been impatiently awaiting Medievil III ever since), as well as Sonic the Hedgehog on the Sega Genesis. Now has a penchant for games with compelling stories, but still spends way more time playing Tony Hawk games than any one person should and could listen to their soundtracks all day long if need be. Has worked as an online writer since late 2016, giving his take on video games, movies, television shows, comic books, and the like. Currently waiting to be cast in a 21 Jump Street revival TV series.