Xbox President Don Mattrick Leaving For Zynga - UPDATED

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Oh wow, and now it's actually confirmed.

There are some people who realise they're on a sinking ship and try to fix it by drilling holes in the bottom. (For the water to drain out of, of course)

These events just write themselves don't they, welp it's happened...... again probably.
The sheer absurdness of this has created it's own satire by itself without anyone even trying. I thought this stuff mostly happened when Fox got involved...... I wonder why they didn't try headhunting him instead?

Captcha says "think twice", oh I'm pretty sure Mattick will think twice about this in a year or so.

Vie:
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Only this rat is getting off of one sinking ship, and onto one that has sunk.

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...I didn't realize just how much Mattrick fits Zynga's profile until now, it's like a match made in heaven.

If there isn't a picture where Mattrick and Zynga hopping across a flowery meadow (or ironic equivalent) hand in hand tomorrow, I will be very disappointed...

Red X:

Vie:
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Only this rat is getting off of one sinking ship, and onto one that has sunk.

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Best image ever. XD

OT: Man that's 3 CEOs this year. Back in March it was Wada and Riccitello, and now Mattrick is leaving. Although I would think that perhaps Microsoft can try to hire someone who won't try to run the Xbox division into the ground by saying the stupidest things ever...wait they still have Steve Ballmer...>.>

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I...how does this even make sense? For either side?

There can only be one explanation: that he was shuffled off by Microsoft. Someone had to go down for the Xbox One PR fiasco and while Microsoft will never overtly admit they messed up, they seem to be quietly trying to clean up.

Otherwise, this is an ambitious, clueless man who takes no pride in his work. Yes, it's a CEO job which is a step up, but it's at Zynga (of all places) and he doesn't even want to see the Xbox One through to release? I don't even...

DVS BSTrD:
So now ALL his games will require an internet connection to play! PROGRESS!

Damn, this was my first thought when I read this.

OT: All I can see in my head now is the scene from Band of Brothers when Sobel is re-assigned to Chilton Foliat.

Diablo1099:
...I...What?...

This is something I sure as shit didn't see coming O_O
Just if he was the president of that branch of MS, then he approved all the Xbone shit, right?

And Zynga want the guy who thought the Xbone was a good idea?...

Zynga are the kings of bad ideas and treating their customers like open wallets to plunder. Seems like a match made in heaven to me.

Vie:
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Only this rat is getting off of one sinking ship, and onto one that has sunk.

the xbox one is far from a sinking ship.but it does beg the question of why would anyone want to take the reign's of zynga O_o

Thank you Don Matrick. I always appreciate it when someone gets me to laugh, and in the bright side people won't care so much when you say stupid stuff when you work for Zynga.

Vivid Kazumi:

the xbox one is far from a sinking ship.but it does beg the question of why would anyone want to take the reign's of zynga O_o

Stock options. If he does turn the company around, he'll make a fortune. And he doubtlessly has a higher opinion of himself than the internet does.

Wow. I am not sure who is dumber, Zynga for hiring somebody who just breaths bad PR, or Don Mattrick, who is joining a company badly hiding the fact it is crashing into the ground.

It's like Don jumped off the Titanic and went onto the Doņa Paz.

Man, I must be horribly out of touch here. What he was planning to do with the Xbox ONE was bat-shit insane to be sure and that did paint him in a bad light for me but from the comments I've read here, you people have apparently thought he was being a bastard for years.

What exactly did I miss that would grant him so much hatred?

Looks like the upper management is having a job shuffle.

Wasn't the guy at EA already? Did he do well there where they want him back?

Also, Zynga seems like an odd place to go unless he's confident that he can be a floaty for a sinking ship.

ssgt splatter:
Man, I must be horribly out of touch here. What he was planning to do with the Xbox ONE was bat-shit insane to be sure and that did paint him in a bad light for me but from the comments I've read here, you people have apparently thought he was being a bastard for years.

What exactly did I miss that would grant him so much hatred?

Basically, everything that was great about the Xbox 360 came before Don Mattrick. He's pretty much just been milking past success and not doing things like updating their polices for indie games (Which were revolutionary at the time, but now look stupid next to Sony's).

This is hysterical. I look forward to Mattrick bringing his signature blend of wit and condescension to the Zynga's PR team.

"If you don't have microtransactions, you'll only be making micro traction."
"There's a product for people who want to play Zynga Poker and don't have Facebook. It's called a pack of cards."
"I'm sure it must be frustrating to be in the International Space Station and not be able to play Farmville."

Isn't that like taking the helm of the Hindenburg?

Does going to zynga count as plain old failing or failing upward?

ok then ....

one would thing Zynga would want some one a little more reputable and far less retarded to ya know, maybe fix them, I only see this making them worse.

So Zynga you say, yes..

Well at least they won't look at your latest gaffe's and decide to turn you down. That says something about Zynga doesn't it.

So in a few months we hear of you again when you come talking about the latest zynga aquisitions. When Zynga has bought the biggest Facebook Bingo Sweepstakes Application. Well see you till then!

So with his work done at Microsoft, secret agent Double O Dumbass is off to murder yet another company for his evil overlords.

Oh MS......you never cease to fail....everything.....

Seems fairly accurate lol.

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Yeah, that video pretty much sums up my opinion on this.

Seriously, I can't help but wonder why he is leaving. Something tells me that it's not 100% voluntary. He's been a lightning rod of outrage since the Xbox One reveal. I suspect that they want someone who won't be automatically hated by gamers the minute he appears to replace him. Hopefully, they'll get someone good.

Now, if only they'll replace the Xbox One with a good console...

canadamus_prime:
Isn't that like taking the helm of the Hindenburg?

Close, it would be like sending the Human Torch to take the helm of the Hindenburg.

Mr.Tea:
Oh god, it's confirmed...

I...

Just...

Bwhahahahahahahahahahaha!

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Callate:
I don't buy it. This is the game equivalent of an Onion headline.

Ronack:
This reeks of Onion level parody.

What's the phrase about life being stranger than fiction...? Well, this is that; It's now confirmed.

...Wow. Just... wow.

So I guess Zynga's portfolio now includes Skinner Box micropayment treadmills, stealing game ideas from other companies, and epic self-satire.

Zinga and Mattrick deserve each other. And I had the feeling he would leave Microsoft, because he was the public face (and perhaps the driving force in the company) for the Xbone DRM and "average Joe focus" bullshit. When they were force to do the 180, he lost face and probably was being encouraged to find another job.

Ok. Has anyone checked the Microsoft offices water supply for lead contamination, because all of this madness has to have a reason. It's just...

Uhhhhh my brain is actually hurting trying to understand the insanity surrounding the last few months of this dudes career.

I guess Mattrick thought Microsoft was getting soft when they stopped the online restrictions and ran away to join up with the bad crowd.

Er, worse crowd.

Daystar Clarion:
Wat

Did he decide that he really enjoys fucking up and joined the most fuckingest up game company in the industry?

It seems that way. It's like he wanted to find the sleaziest and stupidest of "game" companies to join, and he has succeeded. The only other place could of gone was EA, but that wouldn't have been as bad, because what makes EA higher on list compared to Zynga is that EA actually publishes and sometimes makes actual games.

Andy Chalk:

"Over the last few months I've spent a lot of time thinking about all that we have achieved together as a company. We have pioneered social gaming and helped make Play a core part of millions of people's lives. But Zynga has so much more potential ahead, the opportunity to be an Internet Treasure and deliver on our mission of connecting the world through games," Pincus wrote.

I would say to Pincus, "No you didn't make 'Play' a part of millions of people's lives, you made repetitive clicking and 'friend' pestering a part of people's lives."

Zynga's "games" are pretty much the anti-games.

Mr. Mattrick is not a stupid man; he's obviously seen the folly of his decisions at Microsoft and has decided that it may be time for a new personal and professional challenge.

Translating PR speak to the truth...

Oh my god I'm dying of laughter here. You just can't make this shit up. Pure comedy gold

hahahah ahahhaaha hahaah sa;kjd;aswepof[jw e!

*wipes tears* Oh jesus, that's hilarious. Just love how he continues to support the PS4 and PC gaming. Bit odd of someone who was in charge of the xbone.

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This is Don Mattrick a few weeks from now.

With that said, I'm really surprised that he is leaving Microfost.

I think he was actually fired just like Adam Orth for not keeping his mouth shut, but to avoid more PR problems nowadays it's called "leaving".

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