The president of Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft, Don Mattrick, is officially leaving the company for the CEO position of PC software company Zynga. He will also be a part of Zynga’s Board of Directors, with both positions being put into motion on July 8.
The founder of Zynga Mark Pincus said this about the move:
“Don is unique in the game business, he can execute in multiple domains — hardware, software, and network.”
Mattrick had this to say about deciding to leave Microsoft behind and go to Zynga:
“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.”
Though it is a bit surprising that he would leave Microsoft after just putting everyone’s minds at ease over Xbox One‘s many restrictive issues, I think that same 180 that he had to perform factored in big time in his decision to leave. His vision was squashed with Microsoft, and now with Zynga he has a chance to do what he originally intended. He has been eyeing this position for a while, apparently, but perhaps the recent fiasco was the straw that broke the camels back… or something.