According to sources close to the situation Don Mattrick could be leaving Microsoft as early as today.
Zynga officially confirmed Mattrick's hiring with a press release: http://www.dualshockers.com...
sooner the better. I've never been so offended by this guy.
Doesn't look good, him leaving would look like he's jumping ship and has no faith in the Xbox One after the way it was received. I'd like him to leave but this will look very bad for Microsoft right now
Investors might not like this, but consumers won't give a woot. I'd be surprised if even a tenth of 360 owners knew who Don Mattrick was. Major Nelson leaving on the other hand would be very baf for MS' games division.
Or maybe MS is letting him go for saying so many stupid things lol @LogicWins I'm pretty sure people know him as the guy who suggested people buy xbox 360's instead of Xbones lol
I think many skeptics like myself will assume him leaving is just a credible way of saying he got the boot for his failures on the Xbox 180. Not only that though, I disagree about it looking bad.. as a predominately Xbox 360 gamer who currently has a very low opinion of Microsoft, Mattrick leaving the team is the best news in a long time. May the others who shared his vision for the Xbone soon go too!
Nah , let's be fair , as uninteresting as the XB1 reveal was for me , however offensive was the whole DRm debacle , and however hyped i might be instead for the PS4 .... whatever he did , we'd be throwing rocks at him and/or MS . If he stayed you or others would be complaining about MS ignoring our feedback ... and now that he has no faith if he leaves . EDIT : And for once everywhile , i'll agree with Logic ... the general public doesnt know most public gaming figures , especially hardware figureheads , and wont care .
2Pac, VERY few people pay attention to things like that. Not everyone constantly researches MS' bad PR moves like people on N4G.
Oh God this is so fitting... A retarded executive who literally ran the branch of a huge company into the ground in terms of PR and target audience focus in the last 4 years is now becoming the head of a studio that's known for stealing ideas and making unoriginal and crappy casual games.
panic on board at MS ship right now! i think this might be the last MS console we ever see.
@Abash I think it can only be good news, since he is often seen as the cause for Xbox's downfall and shift in demographic focus. At the very least, he was a terrible face for PR.
Your kidding right? The sooner MS ditch this fool the better for them. Sadly the damage is done, whoever gave this tool a job in the first place needs sacking next.
After the screwed up MS reveal and E3 180 for Xbox One I am sure investors are actually going to be happy to see him leave. I think this whole debacle has been soooo mishandled (ESPECIALLY BY HIM PUBLICALLY) that there was no way he was keeping his job in light of Steve Ballmer talking about wanting to shake things up.
this is finally good news, this is the man that turned XBox into a Kinect machine, the one that set up DRM and TV TV sports TV. the Xbox ship can finally turn around, it will take time for them to dig themselves out of the hole he got them into. Phil Spencer has a good eye for games, hope he gets the nod.
@logic Dude, he said that on Spike television. That was seen by a lot of people lol
@LOGICWINS..."VERY few people pay attention to things like that." True, but shareholders DO. Once those pre-order results weren't showing what they wanted, there had to be a reason (read scapegoat). I wouldn't be surprised if this was a "find a job so it doesn't look like you were fired" situation. It's rare that you see higher ups actually get fired. They get restructured, seek "better" opportunities, etc.
No. It looks more like he screwed up with his ideas ALWAYS ONLINE and DRM. Now he's getting his punishment.
I said after E3 that his head should roll and it is. Best decision MS has made in a long time. I can't stomach Mattrick. He comes off as a pompous smug D-bag that has no enthusiasm towards gaming but only the money MS stuff his bank account. MS needs to replace him with someone that isn't just another corporate shill / puppet. They need another front man like Peter Moore but a younger cooler version that actually enjoys gaming and doesn't come off so pretentious and arrogant like Mattrick does all the time. Every time I saw Don on the stage my skin crawled. Ding dong the witch is dead. Can you tell just how much I liked the guy? /s
I wouldn't be surprised if in a year from now all Zynga games where going Xbone exclusive. I'm just saying it could happen.
Keep in mind that Mattrick was the one who prompted the development for Kinect when he joined on 2007. Let that sink in. I do think it would be fantastic if Don Mattrick left (he was head of EA's global studios for 25 years, so I have no faith in him making a console for hardcore gamers) but this does send a terrible message. Who would replace him? Hopefully it would be someone with a good sense on what the gaming market wants. The problem is that the entire Xbox team is out of touch, not just Mattrick. Remember Adam Orth? He wasn't exactly a high-ranking official and yet his mentality was a reflection of how everyone was thinking within the XBox crew. Mattrick leaving would be a good start, but it would only be beneficial if the other suits within the Xbox team also leave.
He is a tool But after e3 I think he new his time was up
Nah man nobody gives a shit about him, investors maybe, he has a very good looking resumé. but this is very good news for gamers.
Whoever said that this has anything to do with his confidence in the X1? It makes more sense to me that he was probably asked to leave based on his terrible public relations. Sad part is, fanboys will spew that same bullshit endlessly based on no facts whatsoever to make themselves feel better.
@Abash "Doesn't look good" "he's jumping ship" "no faith in the Xbox One" "very bad for Microsoft" Well you certainly got the ball rolling, i'll add some more ..soon we'll see MS employees and investors throwing themselves off tall buildings, the Windows operating will be pulled off the shelves and seize to exists and Ballmer and Gates will end up living on the streets.
Hopefully they get someone in charge who's all about the hardcore AAA titles now and not this guy. I felt he was single handedly one of the big reasons why people hated the xbone so much. I feel like this is a blessing for microsoft.
not at all. it looks like he's stepping down to keep from getting fired. it was only a matter of time and this is only helping him to save face. it has nothing to do with a sinking ship. him leaving means nothing bad for Microsoft. only good. Xbox will never sink. it may waver a little with all of the bad press that's been going around for them, but when the games and entertainment lovers actually get this hardware in their hands and play it for themselves, all of that will turn around quickly. and from there the full concept of the console will be truly known to the developers and the gamers as the system continues to move forward into a healthy life of prosperity.
Wait...what does this mean for TV? /s
He didn't leave. He was fired fool. That much should be clear.
"Investors might not like this" Why?
Wow this Xbone thing just get worse and worse for Micro$oft. Sony and PS4 all the way baby!
He's been fired, they're only saying he resigned to save face.
I understand why everyone dislikes Mattrick. Never been a huge fan of his. But do all these people saying that it's such a great thing he's leaving really believe that the proverbial ship is going to be righted with his departure. Keep in mind that MS isn't a company that has one guy making all the decisions. Everything they do is focus tested to make the most money. Mattrick may have pushed for the late-era 360/X1 focus, but don't think that if there wasn't tangible possibilities to maximize a companies directive that they would have gotten anywhere. Everything going on with the X1 since it's reveal is exactly the ideal that MS set out to achieve since first getting into the console business. The back-peddling on some policies was because they realized it would jeopardize that goal. What it comes down to is that the new boss is going to be the same as the old boss. At most you all can hope he is more careful with his words when speaking to the general public to not make such an ass of himself or MS.
I learned to hate that guy really quick. And the other stupid microsoft puppet that was at E3 whatever his name is. They are all annoying and annoying looking. I'm not a fan of M$ anyways, so it might just be that...
If only we could get Iwata to do the same hopefully this brings good stuff to Microsofts camp ;)
"panic on board at MS ship right now! i think this might be the last MS console we ever see." Sure just like ps3 was last console by sony since their top execs like Ken K, Phil harrison and few others left this gen. U'd think one person leaving means company is going to close down? U mush be in junior school. His last words @ MS "$499 LOL I effed u MS"