By Guy Rainey / July 1st, 2013
In a surprising bit of news, Zynga has announced that Don Mattrick, former President of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft, has left the company for a CEO position at Zynga. Zynga is apparently thrilled to have him, as the announcement post had this to say:
“If you’re not familiar with [Don Mattrick], 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. …
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.”
Currently, there is no news on who will replace Mattrick at Microsoft.