Xbox president Don Mattrick has changed jobs as of today he is joining social gaming platform Zynga as CEO.
The change is surprising as Don Mattrick was very involved with the Xbox One and the amount of bad PR the console got might be one of the reasons for him leaving. On the other hand his been part of a number of successful gaming companies so the experience might just be what Zynga needs to get the company back on track.
Mark Pincus who is the current CEO and founder of Zynga will be working closely to revive the struggling company, after the company laid of 500 employees to save the company.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer sent out an email informing employees of the change and noted his work and achievements in the company, this is the email.
‘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.