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:
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.
"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"
Phil Harrison appointed to Don's position... infiltration COMPLETED LoL
I think this may be Microsoft's last Console.
Maybe , maybe not . If thing went their way , it would definitively be their last , as they would shift to full on digital and streaming/downloading games to tv , pc , mobile , tablets , boxes for gaming among other content . Now they might actually need at least one more for further phases to convince the public
Typical moronic comment from a child. It was more said the PS3 would be the last Sony console after all the hacking problems. It was more severe than most people know. So if a company can come back from something like that then I'm sure Microsoft will be ok. Get over yourself.
IF its there last console it will be because they are moving to a service base that works on many types of hardware. But don't fool yourself into thinking MS is jumping out of this industry. MS see's this industry as one of the pillars to entertainment and they like that space alot as a piggy back to their other service / hardware offerings.
Microsoft are rich, sony are not. If anyone is leaving the console market it's sony.
I just hope it's their last Don Mattrick.
@Prime_28 I don't think anyone is going anywhere in this market, but what you said is just stupid. Just cause on competitor has more money than the other, doesn't mean they'll spend it all on competing. Rich people don't get rich by spending everything to win at any cost... If it was a lost cause (which I don't think it is) they would simply cut out the branch that's leaking money and move on, not trow more money at the problem.
Awww, Prime's mad.
Hmm, MS could get somebody better.
Is this a promotion? No, just another way of saying, we dont like you here.
He didn't know how to speak but his business skills were good.
As someone that works at Zynga, this will be very interesting to see how this unfolds. All I know is, stock prices are going up so hopefully my stocks will be worth something :P
Well what do you make of that?
He has a really punchable face. I'd just love to beat the crap out of the smug git.
LOL I couldn't help but laugh
Smart move......I guess.
Microsofts bad public relations continues to get worse. This guy was the face of Xbox one these last few months and now he's abruptly jumping ship to another company before he becomes the scapegoat and blamed for Xbox Ones low pre sale orders by the MS Board of Directors.
To give the guy some credit. He was just doing his job, but at the same time his approach was all wrong. He came off like a real douchebag.
strike 3 and your out.
Agree, typical Execs fashion, screw up the brand with their own vision and coward away to another company to start over. He should have never been allowed to run MS game division given his disrespect to consumer while at EA.
I can understand him leaving but for Zynga of all companies, dafuq is he thinking? Thats a freaking downgrade.
Perhaps he didn't have that many takers. I'm actually surprised Zynga wants him. The comments he's made lately shows a lack of professionalism that shouldn't be found at his level.
Given the bad press about Zynga's ethics, he'll fit perfectly with them.
Sinks the ship and then jumps in the first life boat. I wonder who will replace him Agent Phil,Major screwup or Phil i like T shirts. Maybe they can get Richitello to put em completely out of business.
do you mean Phil Spinner? i think this guy spin alot from E3 til now
Phil is just responsible for the games, and he delivered at E3 and with no Kinect, the last interview he did with Kotaku was good.
My vote is for Nancy Tellem! http://static.giantbomb.com...
Agent Phil haaaaaa
He left MS for Zynga. What is wrong with this guy.
I have a feeling he's only being allowed to say he left, and it was more of a suggestion that he seek other employment.
thats a good theory,and i wouldnt be surprised if you were right.
"I have a feeling he's only being allowed to say he left, and it was more of a suggestion that he seek other employment." Though, i am wondering what is going on over @ Microsoft's Leadership. I mean for xbox as a platform, One only has to look at this blunt truth to see not all is well. This cannot be ignored: ED fries: Left after 18 year's over at Microsoft help create the xbox platform. Robbie j Bach now [former Microsoft executive] Ray Ozzie [now gone] Peter Molyneux Hall of fame just like Mark Cerny Also now Gone! Nat Brown one of the [xbox founder's] Gone as a matter of fact http://www.huffingtonpost.c... Kevin Bachus [yet another founder of the xbox project gone] Seamus Blackley [yet another founder of the xbox project gone] Ted Hase and Otto Berkes [both founder's of the xbox project and now both are gone] J Allard http://www.engadget.com/201... Now add in MATTRICK, THIS IS NOT A REAL GREAT SIGN PEOPLE. THIS MANY KEY EXEC'S IN THIS SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME IN UNDER 10 YEARS IS NEVER GOOD.
Zynga is one of the best money-machine in gaming industry.. and he got an opportunity to take the CEO seat, with that, why would he stay at MS?
he drive Zynga to the ground!
Zynga is hardly in good shape , and is fighting for its survival ... hence the shift and new blood for new management