Microsoft’s Don Mattrick Becomes Zynga’s New CEO

Zynga announced today that Microsoft’s President of the Interactive Entertainment Business, Don Mattrick, is leaving his post to become Zynga’s next CEO starting July 8th, 2013.

"I’ve always said to Bing and our Board that if I could find someone who could do a better job as our CEO I’d do all I could to recruit and bring that person in,” Zynga founder and current CEO Mark Pincus posted on the company’s official blog. “I’m confident that Don is that leader.”

Mattrick will also join Zynga's Board of Directors and Pincus will remain as chairman of the board as wells as its chief product officer.

As Microsoft’s President of the Interactive Entertainment Business, Don Mattrick was responsible for for a collection of consumer businesses including Xbox One, Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE, Kinect, Music, and Video, as well as PC and mobile interactive entertainment.

Microsoft confirmed the news and Steve Ballmer sent the following email to the company’s staff.

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.

Steve

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I thought the same thing.

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A-fucking-men

I think it's about time MG force mandatory membership myself. That way you'd know exactly who you are talking to and stop people from using different identities to back up their own statements. And if you have a disagreement with someone you can always block them. Would make MG a lot friendlier and attract more people. In fact, why the fuck hasn't MG done that yet?

My motto: Treat others as you would like to be treated.

Mike will be Mike

"stop people from using different identities to back up their own statements" - Are you kidding? Are you THAT new to the internet? How naive... but to be expected, you were incapable of thinking about signing up for yourself, you thought just filling out a field above the comment area was enough to ensure your identity was your own, I proved you wrong by impersonating you and pointed you in the right direction. Now let me point it out for you again, accounts have been around since the early 90's and one thing they could never do was ensure one person only has one account. The one way to get around that is by requiring credit card number(because you can validate it online with cc companies) and not allowing two accounts to share the same number, but that would exclude pretty much everyone from the comments section. Welcome to the internet kid, where identity and accountability don't exist unless you do something seriously fucked up.

Again with this?

"you thought just filling out a field above the comment area was enough to ensure your identity was your own, I proved you wrong by impersonating you and pointed you in the right direction" - First of all: There should be a degree of moral and/or ethic code from all users here on MG. Is that really to much to ask? Second: You did not point me in the right direction nor did you prove me wrong, I figured someone would sooner or later try that little stunt and was waiting to give me a reason to sign up; fixes that problem. And I thought MG had a countermeasure in place to stop the use of using the same username on the same thread. Turns out they don't. "accounts have been around since the early 90's and one thing they could never do was ensure one person only has one account" - Back then, yes, but now many different account types (I'll reference a gaming forum - guru3d for example) are tied to a physical IP address, password and username and does not allow multiple accounts on the same address. And I'm 28 for fuck sake, please try and keep that in mind for the sake of courtesy... If you have any...

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"There should be a degree of

"There should be a degree of moral and/or ethic code from all users here" - Naive, are you sure you're 28? Better double check it buddy. "was waiting to give me a reason to sign up" - Horrible excuse, not something you should say after taking someone's advice in public. Again, are you sure you're 28? "does not allow multiple accounts on the same address" - Yes I know IP restrictions well and I typed my last post fully aware of such things because they are EASILY circumvented and there are several ways to do so.

Still no courtesy, I see

Yes, I was Naive, I will not make that mistake again. It may not be the best excuse, but I give everyone the benefit of the doubt (believe it or not, I'm a nice guy) and you did not give me advice to act upon. I'm not a network admin so admittedly, my knowledge is lacking in that area. But I do know some sites have very clued up admins that have put in very good countermeasures for multiple accounts and/or banned users. An example would be using "Tor" or a "VPN" when trying to access a banned account or making a new one. Doesn't always work.

My motto: Treat others as you would like to be treated.

Sure, using a VPN is one way.

Sure, using a VPN is one way. But really, unplug your modem for about 15 seconds (shut it off, not standby) and plug it back in. Presto, you have a new IP address. I won't go into a lengthy explanation as to why this happens but until ipv6 becomes a reality things have to be this way. Spoof your IP if you're a bit more knowledgeable, use a fake adapter to get a second or third ip and force different browsers to use different adapters. In the end, where there is a will there is a way, and an easy way in this case. If you don't want anonimity you'll make enemies with over half the internet, not to mention banning anonimity means willingly giving up your freedom and privacy, all because you want people to chest thump in comments with fixed names. Good one mate...

Great, another retard

There's nothing "NWO" about it. It is simply a measure for the sake of clarity. Why do you think almost every other gaming forum requires registration? Figure it out, genius...

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Like the guy up there said ^

Like the guy up there said ^ it's apparently one of the attractive features of the site. Plus it's a fuck-over for privacy concerns. Imagine if 4Chan or BitCoin required everyone to make an account, it'd defeat the purpose.

Privacy?

That would only be a concern if you were to register with accurate information about yourself - which most people don't anyway, especially on gaming forums.

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Well

If you're that concerned about privacy you shouldn't be on the Internet at all. Every time you post you leave an IP stamp, and an experienced person could track that back to your IP.

My motto: Treat others as you would like to be treated.

Uhhhh....

Microsfot's? It is unfortunate that you cannot even be bothered to glance at your article titles to see if they are spelled properly, let alone also running a standard spelling check on the contents of the articles.

Ok...now try proof reading.

Now that the article title has been spelled properly, try doing a proof reading of the article itself: "Don Mattrick was responsible for for a collection of consumer businesses including Xbox One". Notice an extra "for" in there?

hmm...

Apparently all they did was correct the spelling in the name of the article and completely ignored the incorrect spelling in the link to the article; it is still "Microsfot's".

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