Mattrick left Microsoft due to a planned reorganization – report

Tuesday, 2nd July 2013 21:25 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Don Mattrick left Microsoft due to a planned reorganization which would have put him as head of a newly created hardware division. According to Fast Company, Mattrick wanted a bigger role at the firm, so he left.

This is according to sources speaking with the site, which stated that instead, he chose the role of CEO of Zynga instead, where he will be working with his old EA boss and Zynga board member Bing Gordon.

Thanks to the news of Mattrick joining Zynga, stock in the firm rose 11% on Monday to $3.04.

Microsoft Steve Ballmer wished Mattrick luck in a company memo sent out yesterday, and the former Xbox mans will take over the CEO role for Mark Pincus.

You can read up on all the happenings through Brenna’s thorough report here.



  1. KAP

    Hmmm…. Yeah…. Right….

    1. First dreadful E3
    2. One week after E3 change of policy
    3. Then Matrick leaves Microsoft
    4. But it’s not because of anything else but a civil departure… We swear….

    We must be really fuckin’ thick!

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Joelias

    Fuck don mattrick he Fuck up Microsoft & Xbox one with that drm shit

    #2 1 year ago
  3. MCTJim

    DRM I could have dealt with with no issues at all. With the 24 hrs check, didnt bother me either. Bring me digital gaming with discounts and we are golden. I highly doubt they said u gotta go. Guys like this have no brand loyality..they go to the perks and money are.

    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer had been planning a reorganization of the world’s largest software maker aimed at reducing the number of business units and putting more focus on devices and services, people familiar with the matter said last month. He was planning to give more responsibility to Mattrick, the people said at the time.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. aprotosis

    But but… narratives of disaster and conspiracy is so much more sexy than dumb executive reshuffles that usually take months to plan. How else are “news” sites supposed to make hit-generating headlines so they can have a record breaking page-hit month?

    #4 1 year ago
  5. gargus

    Planned my ass. He spent weeks acting like a smug, pretentious asshole. He got a lot of flack from gamers so they dropped his ass.

    It doesn’t matter though because its not like he had complete control. Everything he said and did was approved by Microsoft. So Microsoft is still the same shit company that doesn’t care about the consumer, they just are going to get a new mouthpiece now.

    #5 1 year ago

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