Don Mattrick Leaves Microsoft


Don Mattrick has left his position as President of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business to become the new CEO of Zynga the company announced via a blog post this afternoon.

In the statement, outgoing CEO Mark Pincus said that he will be remaining on at Zynga in a different capacity.

“Going forward I’ll continue in my role as Chairman and Chief Product Officer,” said Pincus. “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.”

Before his departure from Microsoft, Mattrick was overseeing the release of the Xbox One. Prior to working for Microsoft, he was the President of Worldwide Studios at Electronic Arts.

Mattrick most notably made gaming headlines last month when he voiced his opinion on what gamers should do if they didn’t have internet, which, at the time, was required for the Xbox One to work.

“…we have a product for people who aren’t able to get some form of connectivity, it’s called Xbox 360,” he famously said.

Of course, Microsoft soon changed their tone, and removed the always online policy shortly thereafter.

Mattrick takes helm at his new position next week.