Xbox chief exits Microsoft for top role at Zynga

“Don Mattrick, the president of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment unit — which centers on the Xbox and all the software giant’s gaming and entertainment efforts — is leaving the company, said multiple sources close to the situation,” Kara Swisher reports for AllThingsD.

“These sources added that the high-profile executive is also close to taking a top job at Zynga, the troubled online social gaming company, possibly as its CEO and working in close partnership with its founder and current CEO Mark Pincus,” Swisher reports. “Sources said the announcement of Mattrick’s appointment could be made as soon as today, after the markets close.”

Swisher reports, “The move appears to be largely unrelated to the massive restructuring being mulled by CEO Steve Ballmer at Microsoft. Talks between Mattrick and Zynga have been going on for some time, said sources.”

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    1. Looks more like a Dead end to me but time will tell. Reminds me of the old media centre pcs which we were all told would take over the world, I mean they just crammed in everything anyone could need to dominate the living room. Yep that worked out well.

  1. There was that article last week of Ballmer chopping heads and making changes. Maybe he got wind that Ballmer had it out for him. Or for people he didn’t think deserved to go instead of Ballmer.

  2. I don’t even like Zynga’s games – who needs all those cow clickers? If the head of the XBox department is going to go to lead Zynga, let’s hope he uses it to make some real games, instead of just rehasing the same garbage they usually put out.

  3. Okay, with the news of Ballmer’s retirement, will the new CEO come in and clean up the XBox department and make it a good platform again, instead of this “XBox One” they’re shelling out? 😉

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