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Mattrick to leave Microsoft for Zynga *update*


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President of Microsoft's interactive entertainment business, Don Mattrick, is leaving the company, according to a report by AllThingsD.

It's being claimed by several sources that Mattrick will be joining up with social games company Zynga, where he would be working closely along founder and CEO Mark Pincus. It's even being claimed he may replace Pincus as CEO.

There is no official confirmation at this time, though we'll keep you updated.

Update

It's all true, here's a statement:

Today is a big day.  I’m excited to announce that Don Mattrick will be joining us as Zynga’s new CEO and member of our Board. I wanted to let you all know why I made the decision to recruit Don and what I think it means for all of us.

Over the last few months I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about all that we have achieved together as a company.  We have pioneered social gaming and helped make Play a core part of millions of people’s lives.  But Zynga has so much more potential ahead, the opportunity to be an Internet Treasure and deliver on our mission of connecting the world through games.

As I reflect on the past six years, I realize that I’ve had the greatest impact working as an entrepreneur with product teams, developing games that could entertain and connect millions.

I’ve always said to Bing 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. I’m confident that Don is that leader.

If you’re not familiar with Don, he’s an entertainment and game industry innovator who’s been making products and scaling teams and businesses for the last 30 years.  Don’s had major leadership roles at Microsoft, Electronic Arts and Distinctive Software, which he founded when he was 17 years old. 

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.” He’s one of the top executives in the overall entertainment business and he’s a great coach who has inspired people to do their best work and build strong, productive teams. 

He deeply understands the value of a network and the importance of creating lifelong consumer relationships. He turned Xbox into the world’s largest console gaming network, growing its installed base from 10 to 80 million and transformed that business from deep losses to substantial profits.  And he has grown the Xbox Live player network from 6 to 50 million active members.

Going forward I’ll continue in my role as Chairman and Chief Product Officer.  I’m excited to partner with Don and the rest of our team to return Zynga to its leadership role in inventing and growing Play as a core human experience.


Edited On 01 Jul, 2013

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Dead's avatar
Dead 3 years ago
Leaving = sacked.
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troublemaker 3 years ago
Laters dude. Don't let the kinect R&D department door hit you in the ass on the way out
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
No matter how you look at it, this is some drop
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Mugiwara 3 years ago
Maybe it has something to with when he said "Don't have internet? stick with the Xbox 360", it seems very shortly after that statement Microsoft done its famous 180 on the Xbox One.
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
No shit Straw Hat
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Mugiwara 3 years ago
I wont be surprised if people think he was sacked just by announcing the Xbox One . . .
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
It's not all about money David
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Zombieflamingo 3 years ago
From microsoft to zynga and you wonder why its a big drop?
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
I'm done replying to you David
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Zombieflamingo 3 years ago
So he is going to get more money at Zynga a company that has recently had to lay off a lot of staff http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/gaming/2013/06/03/zynga-layoffs-mark-pincus/2385291/ than at microsoft which is one of the biggest companies there is. Yup makes perfect sense.
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Mugiwara 3 years ago
David he said its not about the money, Yea Don might get more money in Zynga but Microsoft is a much more respectable company. I would rather scrub the toilets of Microsoft then work for Zynga if it was for bragging rights.
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
(Yawn)
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Akemi no Zero 3 years ago
I think MS just sacked him then don told the public press he left but like nox above huge yawn. I tho one thing for sure don wont be missed by me.
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
You got to think of the brand as a whole, there was a lot of hate towards Mattrick for his comment on buying a 360 if you don't have access to internet so it would of hurt the Xbox brand if he didn't leave. Same as with Adam Orth
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Akemi no Zero 3 years ago
Nox I no that im just saying don bot wont be missed that much.
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Whitey 3 years ago
Hopefully they get someone better in for the job role

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