Don Mattrick Leaves Microsoft, Joins Zynga

Monday, July 1st, 2013

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Don Mattrick and Mark Pincus

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.

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  • unknowncast

    And good riddance.

  • Kyle Emch

    And nothing of value was lost.

  • Ross Cameron

    “He deeply understands the value of a network and the importance of creating lifelong consumer relationships.”

    Pft…. heh.. heh.. ha ha haha haha ha haHA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    *wipes away tear*

    That’s funny

    • Tara

      Oh, no, it’s valid. “He deeply understands the value of a network” always online! He understands! He’ll bring Zynga the kind of PR everyone’s wanted them to have for years! “IF YOU DON’T LIKE ZYNGA, BUY AN XBOX 360!”

      I’m also sure he’ll help Zynga utilize smartphone cameras to spy on their customers. Don’t worry, it’s the FUTURE!

  • タイガー&ドラゴン

    Leaving or not, the damage is done. Now to get rid of Ballmer.

  • Offline? It’s called Xbox360

    Garbage rolling downhill