Head of Xbox Leaving for Zynga

It’s real. Don Mattrick, the (now) former head of Xbox, has left Microsoft and will become CEO of Zynga on July 8. The official word comes from current Zynga CEO Mark Pincus in a letter to employees.

Pincus says, “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.” Pincus will stay with the company in the role of Chairman and Chief Product Officer.

As for Microsoft, CEO Steve Ballmer sent an email to employees saying that the everyone who reported to Mattrick will now report directly to him. Their overall goal is still “focused on shipping Xbox One this holiday.” Presumably, they’ll find a replacement for Mattrick sometime soon.

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All Things D is reporting some unexpected news. Don Mattrick, essentially the head of Xbox, is leaving Microsoft. His destination, according to “sources close to the situation,” is a top spot at Zynga, possibly the CEO position. The announcement could be made as soon as today at the market’s close.

Certainly, Zynga is in need of a major overhaul. The mobile/social games company has been struggling very publicly for a while now, with a recent set of layoffs and disappointing financial reports over the past year as it has tried to shift its focus from social games to mobile games.

If Mattrick becomes the CEO of Zynga, the founder and current CEO, Mark Pinkus, would reportedly step down but work closely with Mattrick. Read the full article for more details.

[Via All Things D]

3 thoughts on “Head of Xbox Leaving for Zynga

  1. Hope he’s leaving on good terms, he’ll probably need his job back by next year unless he can actually fix the company.

  2. I don’t quite get this move, but I’m interested to see what happens. Neither XBone or Zynga are really in the good graces of core gaming fans right now, so I’m curious if this will help the problem or just make it worse. Looking forward to seeing where this goes.

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