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Submitted by ajames347 441d ago | news

Zynga Officially Confirms Don Mattrick’s Departure from Microsoft, He Joins Zynga as CEO

Zynga just sent a press release officially confirming the rumor reported on earlier today. Former Interactive Entertainment Business President Don Mattrick has left Microsoft and is joining Zynga as CEO (Don Mattrick, Microsoft, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Zynga)

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Stryfeno2   441d ago | Immature | show | Replies(7)
ThatCanadianGuy514  +   441d ago | Funny
The only thing that comes to mind.
http://img825.imageshack.us...
Virus201  +   441d ago
Your comment, the amount of agrees, and the fact that you haven't been labeled as a huge fanboy and a troll, shows what is wrong with this site, Everytime I see your name around N4G, I see comments bashing Microsoft.
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ajames347  +   441d ago
to be fair, he's bashing Zynga too.
ThatCanadianGuy514  +   441d ago
Is my comment wrong tho?

1)Xbox has been a PR nightmare and the entire brand has been tarnished because of it

2) Don is leaving to join Zynga

3 Zynga is a business nightmare right now

All of these are facts.And somehow, i'm a fanboy for that? I think you need to relax a bit, my man.Any comment i see from you is always rabidly attacking anyone who even remotely says anything but praise for microsoft.
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Grap  +   441d ago
DayZ is a troll who is having affair with one of the mods in this site to not get his comments removed.
Omar91  +   441d ago
your disagrees prove your point in so many ways... smh. This site is ridiculous sometimes.
first1NFANTRY  +   441d ago
cry more troll. welcome to 2006 only now the tables have turned.

only difference is back then ps3 gamers didn't whine like you 360 fangirls.
Oh_Yeah  +   441d ago
Well if you Xbone guys have any funny pics about PS4 or any valid reason as to why anyone would want xbone then speak up. I haven't heard any and it's pretty hard to find something to bash the PS4 on....so yes it'd be trolling and fanboyism on your guys parts.
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assdan  +   441d ago
A fanboy isn't always wrongs. This time it's pretty true. Especially with zynga, who has just laid of tons of employees. Microsoft isn't sinking yet, but if they keep going they way they are. They won't be in the console gaming market for long.
Drekken  +   440d ago
Oh come on, Virus... you act as if you have to be a fanboy to bash MS. They have made it pretty easy lately. I think it is all well deserved. People should have started when they released the 360 with the RROD.
kenshiro100  +   441d ago
Virus201
Don't see what you're so mad about. The picture was pretty funny.
zeal0us  +   441d ago
Shouldn't the Zynga ship be about sunken compared to MS's ship?
BOLO  +   441d ago
Microsoft (game) STUDIOS. Not Microsoft as a whole.
zeal0us  +   441d ago
OMG it was Microsoft (game) Studios ship who knew? /s

BTW, I was too lazy/just didn't care to type all of that out, so I said "MS's ship" instead.
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mark134uk  +   441d ago
intresting!
Darth Gamer  +   441d ago
BRING BACK PETER MOORE!!!!!!!!
blackout  +   441d ago
HELL YEA
Abriael  +   441d ago
I kinda agree, but I think Moore is happy where he is now.
Transporter47  +   441d ago
Wonder why he decided to jump ships.
MikeMyers  +   441d ago
This has been in talks for months. Some want to relate this to all the Xbox One controversy but I doubt that was the reason.

We see people leave all the time like Phil Harrison from Sony. Nintendo needs to restructure itself too and Kaz Hirai seems to be doing a good job so far turning Sony around.

Don was a nice guy but wasn't a very good PR guy for the Xbox. Marc Whitten, Nancy Tellem, Yusuf Mehdi, Phil Harrison or Phil Spencer could be the replacement.

I'd like they them to go with either Yusuf Mehdi or a woman, Nancy Tellem.
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ZodTheRipper  +   441d ago
TV, TV, TV ...watercooler!
Polysix  +   441d ago
Nancy Tellem made me want to puke at E3*

*like most of the rest of the MS E3 staff, she came across more like a politician than anything to do with entertainment.
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mewhy32  +   441d ago
Because all the rats jump off a ship when it's sinking!!!!!!
dark-hollow  +   441d ago
Microsoft (Xbox department) is a sinking ship??? Lol this site is the gift that's keeps on giving.
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ajames347  +   441d ago
Most probably a matter of money, as usual. Go where they pay you more.
CerebralAssassin  +   441d ago
Im guessing it wasnt so much as jumped ship as it was kicked off the ship.
wastedcells  +   441d ago
He seemed frustrated. That comment about if you don't have an Internet connection we have a product for you called a 360 was priceless. Sign of a guy who is fed up.
NYC_Gamer  +   441d ago
MS needs to let Phil Harrison take over the Xbox brand
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thekhurg  +   441d ago
Disagree. Phil is the executive that got the used game fee fiasco rolling. They need to find someone a little more on the loop and in touch with the gaming community.
NYC_Gamer  +   441d ago
Phil was only doing what he was told since he answered to Don and company...The X1 used game and other policies were in place way before Phil even started working for Microsoft..Did you really expect Phil to come out and disagree with his bosses?Harrison has done a ton of good things while working for Sony.
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ginsunuva  +   441d ago
Secret Agent Phil?
Lockon  +   441d ago
Phil Harrison is a double Agent.
Drekken  +   440d ago
And we thought R* was talking about a game...
Thomper  +   441d ago
Whatever.... Next.....
Deividas  +   441d ago
Man, some good news for MS for once. Nice change of pace
DiRtY  +   441d ago
I think he will be fine.

http://virtualglobetrotting...
famoussasjohn  +   441d ago
I'd prefer Microsoft money instead of a company that's been on the decline for sometime now.
MestreRothN4G  +   441d ago
Wow!

Just... wow!
SpideySpeakz  +   441d ago
OMG. His house is crazy huge.
Silly gameAr  +   441d ago
LOL That's like a youtube comment. When something negative happens to a certain person, people like to bring up how rich they are how big their house is. :/ This isn't about how big his house is, it's about one of the major faces for MS and the xbox brand moving on.
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segamon  +   441d ago
that's your money right there under those trees.
TheGrimReaper0011  +   441d ago
the rich bastard ...
ShwankyShpanky  +   441d ago
Pfffft. No pool? Pass. ;)
iMixMasTer872   441d ago | Spam
No_Limit  +   441d ago
:( Don was a great MS PR man in turning the Xbox brand into a powerhouse from 2007-2013. Wish him the best. It is a great loss and whatever you do MS, do not promote Phil Harrison as the new Xbox leader. That man still work for Sony. I bet. I recommend J Allurd.

Edit: Forgot to add /S at the end. :)
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The_Infected  +   441d ago
Your delusional. Don Mattrick leaving Microsoft is great he done nothing but dragged the Xbox Devision down. I agree about Phil Harrsion I don't want him to take his place I never liked that guy.
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pimpschitz  +   441d ago
Did you really just say that?
Abriael  +   441d ago
Lol... i was thinking "not sure if troll" until I saw the last line :D
iMixMasTer872   441d ago | Spam
famoussasjohn  +   441d ago
Guess this guy is truly all about making bad decisions. Zynga..really?
no_more_trolling  +   441d ago
where do you work? and how much do you get paid?

oh shut it. the man makes way more money than you
famoussasjohn  +   441d ago
He had it made at Microsoft. Taking over Zynga doesn't sound like it was the most optimal choice considering they've been dropping their employees left and right and have been on a decline for years. If he can turn that company around then good for him. We'll probably never know if Microsoft actually forced him out or if he left on his own.

All in all, I would have preferred to stay with Microsoft than working for Zynga.
ShwankyShpanky  +   441d ago
Ryan Lochte has a sh!t-ton more money than I do. Doesn't make him any less of a mongoloid.

I bet a contract killer has more money than I do too... guess that makes him better than me.
EXVirtual  +   441d ago
Okay. But don't think this is gonna make anything better really, apart from less crappy PR. @Transporter47, He jumped ship because he gave up on the Xbox One
fattyuk  +   441d ago
Another Positive Post E3 for the Xbox corner!

Me likey.
Abriael  +   441d ago
Whether it's positive or not will depend on the successor. If the rumor that Steve Ballmer will hold the reins directly for a while it's true, that's not positive at all.
ginsunuva  +   441d ago
That's where he belongs. In a casual/facebook, free-to-play games environment with businessmen who love microtransactions and subscriptions, but don't know what games even are.

Zynga's dying anyway.
InTheLab  +   441d ago
Dude had his foot out the door when he was doing all that awful PR? Even Matrick doesn't believe the s*** he pushed at E3.

Anyway, a positive step for MS. That nuclear sub bit will stick with them for years but at least the man that said it is gone.
karl  +   441d ago
it would be awesome for someone to reach him now and make him comment on the xbox brand again...
InTheLab  +   441d ago
Most execs cannot comment or steal employees for a certain period after leaving the company. I suspect MSGS is no different.
karl  +   441d ago
ooh that sucks.. =(
pimpschitz  +   441d ago
hahahaha what an idiot.
Kte  +   441d ago
LOL this is funny everytime I see it. Glad im a PS3/4 gamer and hated XBOX since the era of RROD
Darth Gamer  +   441d ago
He will now know what its like to live on a nuclear sub!!!
SpideySpeakz  +   441d ago
Agent Phil for head of Xbox.
http://images.wikia.com/bat...
No_Limit  +   441d ago
Haha, imagine Phil Harrison got promoted. First day on the job, OK we will bring DRM back, make games $70, 12 hour mandatory online check, and your frined got to be on your friendlist at least a year before they can share game with you. Hahaha. I totally see it happening now.
NYC_Gamer  +   441d ago
That policy was in place way before Phil even joined Microsoft...Harrison is real in touch with the gaming community/talented developers look at all the smart deals he came up with while at Sony.
DigitalRaptor  +   441d ago
Are you effin kidding me?

Talk about planting the bomb and jumping ship. Great news though. Now all we need are Phil Spencer and Major Douchebag to admit defeat and leave.

http://www.youtube.com/watc...
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Abriael  +   441d ago
Eh, Major nelson is one of the few decent people around there...
Geezus  +   441d ago
well this can only lead to better things for the xbox brand
NeXXXuS  +   441d ago
Ha.
Lannister  +   441d ago
No hattrick for the Mattrick.
JBSleek  +   441d ago
That's huge. Also the fact that Micosoft is on the verge of a total executive overhaul.
Voozi  +   441d ago
Damn, I work at Zynga so this is huge news. Going to be very interesting to see which direction he decides to take the company. Hopefully this means my stock will be worth something haha
no_more_heroes  +   441d ago
Good news for Microsoft there.

It would be a shame if...

Microsoft were to...

announce some kind of partnership with them...
KittyEmperor  +   441d ago
so long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, adieu
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Pascalini  +   441d ago
Whoever takes over will most likely use the same vision ms has planned. Things like kinect will not change. It's here to stay and for a reason too.

A fresh face may be a good thing but not necessarily better.
No_Limit  +   441d ago
OK, who is a leading person within MS that will take his place now? any suggestion?
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Abriael  +   441d ago
Rumor has it that Steve Ballmer will hold the reins directly for a while, until they find a new puppet.

Which is dreadful.
sAVAge_bEaST  +   441d ago
Does this coincide with the July 1st, rumor's..
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