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Xbox head Don Mattrick leaving Microsoft, report says

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UPDATE: Zynga confirmed the news in press release. Don Mattrick will take over as CEO, and Mark Pincus will continue as Zynga's chairman of the board and chief product officer.

The head of Xbox is leaving Microsoft, according to a report from tech news site AllThingsD. Interactive Entertainment Business president Don Mattrick may leave his position to take over ailing social gaming giant Zynga, according to AllThingsD's anonymous sources.

Mattrick was at the center of the Xbox One's reveal in May. He's been with Microsoft since 2007, after occupying several positions at Electronic Arts, though his popularity with gamers has suffered after some blowback to Xbox One's former policies (we thought of 8 ways it could be worse).

The transfer likely isn't in response to those issues however, as the sources indicated Mattrick has been in talks with Zynga for some time. If he does join the San Francisco-based company, he would take over as CEO from founder Mark Pincus.

We've asked Microsoft for comment about these reports, and will update this article with any response.

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32 comments

  • Pruman - July 8, 2013 11:14 a.m.

    Confirmed: it's an Elop maneuver. http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/07/08/mattrick-tried-to-buy-zynga-while-at-microsoft
  • Pruman - July 2, 2013 11:39 a.m.

    Ballmer isn't throwing any chairs, so I'm guessing this is another Stephen Elop maneuver. http://communities-dominate.blogs.com/brands/2013/06/sherlock-holmes-and-the-hounds-of-the-basket-case-clues-on-the-trail-of-elop-ballmer-and-nokias-boar.html
  • PatHan-bHai - July 2, 2013 11:08 a.m.

    BaZynga!
  • Demon_Krauser - July 1, 2013 8:31 p.m.

    He's just gonna lose that job eventually or something sinister could be in the works like he tries to merge Zunga with Microsoft. Hmmmmmmm
  • raz00157 - July 1, 2013 4:16 p.m.

    O.K. That's step one. But if Microsoft really wants to right things and possibly almost double their pre-sales they need to ditch the mandatory Kinect , add a headset and slap a $399 price tag on it. Let people decide if they want a Kinect or not Mr new Xbox president.
  • Redeater - July 1, 2013 6:05 p.m.

    Exactly. The mandatory Kinect is the reason my next console is going to be PS4. They haven't even given us a REASON as to why we need the Kinect in the first place.
  • Husselang - July 2, 2013 11:48 a.m.

    The reason is obvious. With the Kinect being mandatory developers can use it in their games without having to worry that only a small subset of Xbox users will be able to take advantage of it. That should make it much safer for developers to use the Kinect, which MS is hoping will increase the amount of games using it. You can always disagree that this is a good idea, and that shaving $50 of the price would be more important, but the reasoning shouldn't be too hard to find ;)
  • mbavalo - July 1, 2013 3:29 p.m.

    Was about time someone at Microsoft's Xbox department got fired. Either that or he is voluntarily leaving due to factors such as tension at work as everyone around him uses the "I warned you" card XD
  • antiAntag0nist - July 1, 2013 3:27 p.m.

    Well, didn't expect this to happen. I can't say I hated the man, but he has not done Microsoft any favors since the Xbox One reveal in May. I mean, how can you tell people to NOT buy a new console and stick with last gen and expect nothing to come from it. I wonder who MS will get to replace him though? It could be interesting to see how this pans out.
  • shawksta - July 1, 2013 3:09 p.m.

    WELP
  • Redeater - July 1, 2013 2:51 p.m.

    Whew, this is like missing out on the titanic, only to captain the Lusitania.
  • J-Fid - July 1, 2013 2:36 p.m.

    Lol
  • db1331 - July 1, 2013 1:27 p.m.

    Good. I can't think of a worse company for him to go to. Sounds like everyone wins.
  • winner2 - July 1, 2013 noon

    Hope this hasn't caused him any personal life problems, good luck to him at Zynga.
  • BladedFalcon - July 1, 2013 12:14 p.m.

    Yep, actually, you did indeed call it, I remember. AND I remember being skeptical, but here we are... Also, wasn't Andy Orth fired publicly?
  • Mr.YumYums - July 1, 2013 1:46 p.m.

    "The transfer likely isn't in response to those issues however, as the sources indicated Mattrick has been in talks with Zynga for some time." Did you even read the article?

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