As we reported earlier, Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business president Don Mattrick has moved on from the company, to take the role as CEO at Zynga, a leader in social and casual games.
Mattrick will join Zynga from July 8th, taking over as CEO from Mark Pincus, who founded Zynga. Pincus will remain heavily involved with the company, however, as a Chief Product Officer and Chairman of the board.
Pincus praised the way Mattrick is “unique in the game business,” saying that “he can execute in multiple domains – hardware, software and network” and describing him as “one of the top executives in the overall entertainment business” as well as “a great coach who has inspired people to do their best work and build strong, productive teams.”
This comes soon after the Xbox One reveal and the debacle with used games, though as far as we know the reasons for the move aren’t due to that; Mattrick wished to move back to the Bay area and people move on in this industry all the time.