Rumor: Don Mattrick leaving Microsoft for top Zynga job [Update: Mattrick appointed Zynga CEO]
posted on 07.01.13 at 01:58 PM EDT by (@salromano)
Mattrick might become the CEO of Zynga.

Microsoft Interactive Entertainment Business president Don Mattrick is leaving Microsoft to assume a “top job” at social gaming company Zynga, “multiple sources close to the situation” have told AllThingsD.

Mattrick’s position at Zynga could be as high as CEO, the site reports.

According to the site’s sources, the official announcement could be made “as soon as today.” Until then, consider this a rumor.

Update: It’s confirmed. Don Mattrick has become the new chief executive officer at Zynga, as well as a member of the board of directors, effective July 8. Microsoft has not announced an immediate replacement for Mattrick’s now former position.

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  • Locksus

    This is great. Now they just have to hire someone actually competitive to save the console.
    Only Ballmer left now.

    • Lelouch Vi Britannia

      Ballmer has been ruining Microsoft since Gates retired.

      • Locksus

        Exactly. He’s slowly but surely destroying the company because he has no vision whatsoever.

      • Mar Mar

        Microsoft needs an overhaul. Period.

        • Budgiecat

          how bout we just haul it to the dumpster

  • bloodiOS

    For some reason my anti-virus program blocked this page earlier.

    • DrForbidden

      Zynga spreads herpes. I’d like to know what AV software you are using. It’s fantastic!

      • bloodiOS

        I’m currently using Microsoft Security Essentials, since it’s free. I was using Kaspersky Lab up until last month when my subscription ran out, and I didn’t feel like renewing it.

        • LordKaiser

          Using that myself and no problems. Run a full scan.

  • EX+

    To me this doesn’t make any difference. Major Nelson and Phil Spencer are still there. I still think this is M$’ last console. Trust me they’ll put back in the DRM when they sell enough units. PS4 is cheaper, more powerful and just better over all. The way I see it MS used the Xbox as a Trojan horse from the beginning for more money and to getting into the living room. The original Xbox was to gain a following and money. The 360 is was used for more money and implementing multimedia functions when the tech was capable. The Xbox One is gonna be used (which will fail) as a full on first priority for multimedia and fill your house with their services. All makes sense.

  • EX+

    They won’t hire anyone with good vision anyway. Probably just someone with better PR skills

  • Zackasaur


  • Tac-Mex

    Good job Agent Mattrick, you killed Xbox, now its time for Zynga.

    • KnifeAndFork

      I think he should have taken a job on a nuclear sub…

      since his credibility has TANKED!

      *ba doosh*

    • DrForbidden

      Killing Zynga would actually be a good thing, to be honest. That company is a cancerous blight on humankind.

  • Sae-Won Yoon

    Jeez. I get Microsoft is seen as a sinking boat, apparently I didn’t realize just how fast it was sinking.

    It’s almost a bit sad, (just only a bit though)

  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    Xbox ONE isn’t going to sell the number Xbox 360 has cause of their bad PR, and the fact that despite Microsoft removing their DRM Policies it doesn’t change the fact that their fans are Pissed and Migrating to SONY instead.

  • GhostNomad
    • Zero

      Yeah, I’m not sure I’d want to join Zynga right now either. =/

      I guess it’s all about the money.

    • Aldridge517

      Memes are a beautiful thing lol

  • King-Podigy-X


  • ギャビン


  • xMCXx

    MS should get rid of all those chumps.

  • Elvick

    Jumping one sinking ship to another. Good choice.

    • LordKaiser

      Except that the other ship is already underwater.

      • Elvick

        Yeah, but who knows what sweet deals they offered him to come on over.

        Odds are he’s getting more money there for whatever reason. People in his position are overpaid and have security. Even in failures of companies.

  • Skeletor

    Shame to see douche Mattrick go. He was great at selling PS4’s.

  • $30632660

    No more memes D:, now who will we ridicule on Microsoft’s side?!

    • ninouh

      There’s always major Nelson

  • TetsuyaHikari

    Out of the frying pan and into the fire.

  • Gyro Zeppeli

    “I know some people out there may be miffed about Peggle 2’s always online DRM, but fortunately we have a product for people with no connectivity, it’s called Peggle 1. I mean, if you have zero access to the internet, just go with Peggle 1. I got this one letter from a big Peggleholic and he said he was in a nuclear sub. I don’t even know what it means to be in a nuclear sub, but I can imagine it isn’t easy to get a connection down there.”

    • TetsuyaHikari

      Oh, I’m sure he’ll know what it’s like to be in a sub once this ship sinks too, lol.

      • Budgiecat

        The Mattrick farwell song:

        “I don’t even know what it means to be on a Nuclear sub…

        I announced DRM on the XBox One, and now I’m done so what’s all the hub a bub….

        So we lost some fans ,

        my ass got canned and I got the snub…

        And now I’m drownin out my sorrows and woes down at the local pub

        So now I’m leaving Microsoft to work at Zynga,

        You angry XBox fans can get the middle finga,

        And now l’ll leave you with this little zinger:

        I’m off to ruin another company and let mah farts linger…”

        • Glasscut

          Well said.. and it rhymed too lol

      • Glasscut

        too funny

  • KnifeAndFork


  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    PS4 is the New PS2


      and the XBOX ONE is the new DREAMCAST

      • TiamatNM

        Dreamcast was a real game console though :)

        • Glasscut

          Hmm you argument is valid being that the Xbox One is a Cablebox + SpyNet camera designed for advertising..

    • Glasscut

      Agreed it will sell like the PS2

  • EX+

    UH-OH. Rumour: Steve Ballmer is the new Xbox Boss!