Don Mattrick To Leave Microsoft


Don Mattrick, the president of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business and the man behind many of the more entertaining quotes about Xbox One is to leave Microsoft and join Zynga – if rumours are to be believed.

Mattrick joined Microsoft in 2007 and his departure will be a serious blow for the company as they gear up to launch the new console. Zynga have been in trouble since their IPO and the appointment of Mattrick as CEO will impress investors, Mattick has previous success in improving the fortune of ailing companies including Microsoft’s Xbox division.

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Sources say the move will be officially announced after the close of trading today and that Mattrick “has long wanted to move back to the Bay area, where has has a home,” and that this was “another important factor in this move.”

Source: All Things D

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17 Comments

  1. Anyone fancy reading between the lines here? If true of course.

  2. I think he started to like working for a company in trouble during E3. When Microsoft reverted on their strict policies, he didn’t want to lose that feeling so he joins Zynga.

  3. MS should replace him with someone who thinks before putting their gob in gear.

  4. The Xbox One reveal has been a PR nightmare. The head of Xbox is now leaving to join a failing mobile games company.

    I think this is like in the movies when the president goes up to someone and says “We want your letter of resignation by the end of the day.”

  5. ‘His departure will be a serious blow for the company as they gear up to launch the new console’

    Hey Don, mind the door doesn’t slap you on your arse on the way out!

  6. Sod it! Does this mean I’ll have to check in on Farmville ever 24 hours now?

  7. “Mattick has previous success in improving the fortune of ailing companies including Microsoft’s Xbox division.”

    Xbox ailing? Glad at least SOMEONE recognises how launching first, suffering a 60% fail rate and then ending up last isn’t a successful achievement (sorry trophy…)

    • I assume he meant going from the Xbox to the successful Xbox 360 with that quote. I don’t see why you have to turn almost every comment you make into a fanboy-like anti Xbox comment, this really isn’t the place for it.

      • Alex_C seems to twist everything into a PS3 hate, but this does seem to be the place for it.

        But then I guess his agenda is to drum up advertising hits right?

      • There aren’t people posting PS3 hate in the comments or articles here. I don’t see what Alex has to do with this but when I look at all of your comments side by side they are all just fanboy nonsense no matter what the article is. I’m also letting you know that people who consistently break our commenting policy will likely have their account banned.

        You can check our commenting policy over here.

      • Yes, from Xbox (Which was bit of a failure) to the v successful 360

  8. By Zynga do you mean Dole Queue?

  9. I’m afraid i’m only aware of his recent gaffs but i guess the industry will be more focused on his achievements.
    I expect his salary will be pretty significant.

  10. Looks like Tom Cruise’s creepy uncle. Still, nothing like going out on a high and ending your career with a display of PR excellence……. And this was nothing like going out on a high and ending your career with a display of PR excellence. Good day to your Mr Mattrick.

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