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Microsoft's Mattrick Leaves For Zynga

Matt Gardner
Don Mattrick, Mark Pincus, Microsoft, Xbox One, Zynga

Microsoft's Mattrick Leaves For Zynga

Don Mattrick, the man who introduced the world to the Xbox One, is leaving Microsoft to replace Mark Pincus as the CEO of social gaming leviathan Zynga.

"I've always said to Bing [Gordon] and our Board that if I could find someone who could do a better job as our CEO, I'd do all I could to recruit and bring that person in," Pincus said in a note to his employees. "I'm confident that Don is that leader.

"Don is unique in the game business. He can execute in multiple domains - hardware, software and network - and he's been the person responsible for game franchises like Need for Speed, FIFA, and The Sims."

Ex-Xbox head Mattrick also wrote a letter to his new company employees, stating that he feels Zynga "has yet to realise its full potential".

"I joined Zynga because I believe that Mark's pioneering vision and mission to connect the world through games is just getting started," he said. "Zynga is a great business that has yet to realize its full potential. I'm proud to partner with Mark to deliver high-quality, fun, social games wherever people want to play."

Steve Ballmer also addressed Mattrick's departure in a note to Microsoft employees:

"This is a great opportunity for Don, and I wish him success," Ballmer said. "Don's directs will report to me and will continue to drive the day-to-day business as a team, particularly focused on shipping Xbox One this holiday...Thank you, Don, for setting us on a path to completely redefine the entertainment industry. The strong leadership team at [Interactive Entertainment Business] and their teams are well positioned to deliver the next-generation entertainment console, as well as transformative entertainment experiences, long into the future." [AllThingsD]


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DrTrouserPlank  Jul. 2, 2013 at 11:51

Jumping off the ship before it sinks.

TunstenShark  Jul. 2, 2013 at 12:03

Jumping off the ship before it sinks.

You mean jumping from one sinking ship to another sinking ship!

Marviewarvie  Jul. 2, 2013 at 12:18

His personality will surely be missed.

Hang on, got that wrong.

He surely misses a personality.


Late  Jul. 2, 2013 at 14:32

Very surprised, tbh.

Gotta be a seriously impressive pay rise in it - can't see any other reason you'd make that job move.

Realhoneyman  Jul. 2, 2013 at 14:33

So one of Microsoft's chief executives changes companies as they announce their next-gen offering. Total coincidence? That is open for debate as new appointments happen frequently in business and aren't always smooth schedule-wise.

Still, how this appears to the games industry-savvy newsreaders like ourselves could be taken differently. Hopefully it is not a result of Microsoft backpeddling on DRM and a forced resignation (?) from Mattrick as a resulting shakedown (or something like that).

Last edited by Realhoneyman, Jul. 2, 2013 at 14:35
Breadster  Jul. 2, 2013 at 16:26

Just when you thought he couldn't be any more of a douche...

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