After it was rumored earlier, we are now hearing rumors that Don Mattrick has now been named the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors at Zynga, after he leaves Microsoft of course.
The move will be effective from July 8th 2013, but as of yet there’s no news as to why Mattrick has decided to leave the company.
After spending six years in total at Microsoft, and three as the president of the Interactive Entertainment Business, he will be leaving a job which made him responsible for the entire team that created the Xbox 360 and the 720.
Mark Pincus, the founder of Zynga had this to say about the move:
“Don is unique in the game business, he can execute in multiple domains — hardware, software and network, and he’s been the person responsible for game franchises like ‘Need for Speed,’ ‘FIFA’ and ‘The Sims.’
“He’s one of the top executives in the overall entertainment business and he’s a great coach who has inspired people to do their best work and build strong, productive teams. He deeply understands the value of a network and the importance of creating lifelong consumer relationships. He turned Xbox into the world’s largest console-gaming network, growing its installed base from 10 to 80 million and transformed that business from deep losses to substantial profits. And he has grown the Xbox Live player network from 6 to 50 million active members in 41 countries. I’m excited to partner with Don and the rest of our team to return Zynga to its leadership role in inventing and growing Play as a core human experience.”
“In its short history, Zynga has redefined entertainment and brought social gaming to the mainstream. More than 1 billion people across web and mobile have installed Zynga games, and franchises like FarmVille and Words With Friends have become a part of people’s daily lives,” said Mattrick. “I joined Zynga because I believe that Mark’s pioneering vision and mission to connect the world through games is just getting started. Zynga is a great business that has yet to realize its full potential. I’m proud to partner with Mark to deliver high-quality, fun, social games wherever people want to play.”
We should hear more about why Don left Microsoft soon, but as of yet we can only think of presumptions.