Don Mattrick Leaves Xbox For Zynga.

July 4, 2013

Xbox Interactive entertainment boss Don Mattrick has left the Microsoft to become the new CEO of Zynga. A step down, or a step up?

I’m not sure if this resignation was related the Xbox One, or if it was just a company switch around, but why would you quit a company like Microsoft?

So, is he an Exboss? Or is he Z-man…..

Anyway, he is now the CEO of Zynga. The struggling company in serious need of revival, like I’ve said in a weekly roundup they recently laid off 500 staff, including the OMGPOP team who is known for their app Draw Something. The funny thing is, he will be paid mostly in Zynga’s stock, so he must work hard to make that worth anything.

Whoever replaces him, hopefully they are a bit better at thinking on their feet during interviews, and not suggest you to buy a 360 if you don’t have access to an internet connection.

I don’t want to be rude, but I cant help but think Don reminds me of Alf

Don has an interesting history, a bit like Mark Cerny.

At the age of 17 he co-founded his own games company known as Distinctive Software inc. and after it was acquired by EA in 1991. They made such games like Test Drive for the Apple II and Commodore 64 When he worked at EA, he was President of Worldwide Studios for Electronic Arts. He retired from this job in 2007 and then went to work at Microsoft for a while and now, is the CEO of Zynga. :)

Post resignation, Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer posted an IE (Internal Email, not Internet Explorer ;) )

Here is it all:

From: Steve Ballmer
Sent: Monday, July 1, 2013
To: Microsoft – All Employees
Subject: Don Mattrick’s Next Chapter

Zynga announced today that Don Mattrick would be its new CEO, effective July 8. This is a great opportunity for Don, and I wish him success. Don’s directs will report to me and will continue to drive the day-to-day business as a team, particularly focused on shipping Xbox One this holiday.

Since joining IEB more than six years ago, Don and his team have accomplished much. Xbox Live members grew from 6 million to 48 million. Xbox 360 became the No. 1 selling console in North America the past two years. We introduced Kinect and have sold more than 24 million sensors. We released fantastic games, and, most importantly, we expanded Xbox to go beyond great gaming to deliver all the entertainment people want — sports, music, movies, live television and much more.

In the past month, the IEB team showed for the first time here on our Redmond campus, and again at E3, how we are going to continue to transform entertainment with Xbox One. I am incredibly proud of the work and vision culminating in Xbox One.

I’m particularly excited about how Xbox pushes forward our devices and services transformation by bringing together the best of Microsoft. The consoles are incredible all-in-one devices with built-in services that consumers love, including Bing, Xbox Live, Internet Explorer, SkyDrive and Skype. And, just as important, Xbox Games, Xbox Video, Xbox Music and SmartGlass light up Windows PCs, tablets and phones.

Thank you, Don, for setting us on a path to completely redefine the entertainment industry. The strong leadership team at IEB and their teams are well positioned to deliver the next-generation entertainment console, as well as transformative entertainment experiences, long into the future.


Oh, I’ve missed out a video in the past few blogs, here’s some of the best I’ve seen recently.


Zynga transition

Internal Email

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