Don Mattrick Joins the Ranks of Zynga

Most famously known for being the guy who showed off the Xbox One at Microsoft’s press conference back in May or the guy that said if you don’t like the Xbox One’s policies, stick to Xbox 360. President at Microsoft’s Entertainment Business, Don Mattrick has just recently announced to become Chief Executive Officer at Zynga and has a chair at Zynga’s Board of Directors. This will take effect July 8, 2013. Zynga founder, Mark Pincus said, “Don is unique in the game business, he can execute in multiple domains — hardware, software, and network.” Microsoft has not commented on this, but Don goes to say about Zynga and Mr. Pincus, “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.”

Do you think this is actually a good thing for Microsoft? A lot of people would agree that Mattrick is greatly part of the reason why Microsoft’s new Xbox isn’t doing so hot in pre-orders or community feed back. A lot of the community feel that Mattrick should have gotten fired for all the things he did that got negative community feedback for Xbox One and himself. Mattrick not being apart of Microsoft anymore, and someone filling in his place, do you think Microsoft might get a better footing in the console war, someone who can win back the community that left to Sony’s PS4? And what does this mean for Zynga, could we expect to have connectivity policies now for all our mobile games developed by Zynga?

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