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    Don Mattrick leaving MS

    Another turn of event:

    Don Mattrick, the president of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business — which centers on the Xbox and all the software giant’s gaming and entertainment efforts — is leaving the company, said multiple sources close to the situation.


    These sources added that the high-profile executive is also close to taking a top job at Zynga, the troubled online social gaming company, possibly as its CEO and working in close partnership with its founder and current CEO Mark Pincus.


    Sources said the announcement of Mattrick’s appointment could be made as soon as today, after the markets close.

    If it happens, the hire would be a massive one for Zynga, which has been hit by a series of problems since its IPO. Pincus has been struggling to move the company into mobile quickly, as its once strong Web and Facebook business has waned. That has included a major layoff recently, as well as closures of a number of offices outside of its San Francisco HQ.


    If he, in fact, appoints a new CEO to take over the reins to a very experienced exec like Mattrick — who has worked on many turnarounds — it is a major step by Pincus, who has held the top job there since its founding. While it is not unusual for a founder to give up such power, it certainly underscores Pincus’ commitment to reviving Zynga.

    Interestingly, Mattrick has also been on the short list of the top execs being considered to run Electronic Arts, another gaming giant that has faced a number of challenges and whose former CEO was ousted a few months ago.

    The move appears to be only unrelated to the massive restructuring now taking place at Microsoft, and talks between him and Zynga has been going on for some time.


    But it is a big blow to the Microsoft — which does not have someone to replace Mattrick right now — despite some recent high-profile missteps around its flagship Xbox product.


    As the interactive entertainment boss, Mattrick has been a public presence at both of Microsoft’s recent Xbox One events — the nationally televised unveiling in May, and the E3 update in June. Gamers disappointed with the lesser focus on games at the May event blasted execs like Mattrick in their online grumblings.


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    I guess his future with Microsoft was...*puts on sunglasses* cloudy.

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    Best thing for Xbox. He was a mess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thorzilla View Post
    I guess his future with Microsoft was...*puts on sunglasses* cloudy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost-Rhayne View Post
    Best thing for Xbox. He was a mess.
    Agreed. Hopefully they hire someone that has a clearer vision and actually builds on the success of the 360.

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    Every since the first time I saw this guy on stage at E3 with MS, he came off as an a**hole to me. I don't know why, he just did.

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    Good he messed E3 up for MS. "The Xbox 360 is offline so get one of those if you can not connect to internet." Frankly I would not be surprised to see Major Nelson next, but he was less of an asshole in interviews than Don.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yuuichi View Post
    Good he messed E3 up for MS. "The Xbox 360 is offline so get one of those if you can not connect to internet." Frankly I would not be surprised to see Major Nelson next, but he was less of an asshole in interviews than Don.
    Nelson would be a great choice. No one at MS interacts more with gamers.

    im curious if Mattrick is leaving on his own or he is being forced out. Doubt we will ever know for sure.
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    Good hes going to be out of there before he runs the Xbox brand any further into the ground.

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    This guy rubbed me the wrong way.

    Whatever happened to J Allard? With his whole hip Lex Luthor/Linkin Park persona? I kinda miss the cat. lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeisureSuitLarry View Post
    Nelson would be a great choice. No one at MS interacts more with gamers. im curious if Mattrick is leaving on his own or he is being forced out. Doubt we will ever know for sure.
    Yeah MS isnt going to tell us even if he is being fired. They will just wish him luck in his future endeavors. lol

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    Bring back Blackley and Allard!

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    Quote Originally Posted by radgamer420 View Post
    Yeah MS isnt going to tell us even if he is being fired. They will just wish him luck in his future endeavors. lol
    "Thank you for all your hard work...blah blah blah....get the $#@! out."
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeisureSuitLarry View Post
    "Thank you for all your hard work...blah blah blah....get the $#@! out."
    Yep exactly. lol

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    CBOAT strikes again!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeisureSuitLarry View Post
    Nelson would be a great choice. No one at MS interacts more with gamers.

    im curious if Mattrick is leaving on his own or he is being forced out. Doubt we will ever know for sure.
    please no... he's such a PR let down.

    give the job to Phil Harrison...

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    Major Nelson is the best spokesperson for console in the industry that I have seen to date. Mattrick on the other hand, one of the worst, up there with Krazy Ken.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soldier 95B View Post
    Major Nelson is the best spokesperson for console in the industry that I have seen to date.
    yesterday he announced that Defense Grid would be the free game when every man and his dog was expecting Halo or AC2.

    when this was pointed out to him, he told me
    not sure where you heard that, but in this clip (start at 1:00) you'll see no date was given http://mjr.mn/11STcX0
    just about every single major news site had reported what the 1st 2 games would be Halo 3 and Assaassin's Creed 2 and even Xbox support said..
    The two games just starts next month with Halo 3 and Assaassin's Creed 2.
    https://twitter.com/DaleStevensII/status/351719776046956546/photo/1

    and yet this "best spokseman for console" never had a clue. so no, not him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yungstar 2006 View Post
    and yet this "best spokseman for console" never had a clue. so no, not him.
    Sucks that the stupid company called Microsoft, feeds him wrong crap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yungstar 2006 View Post
    yesterday he announced that Defense Grid would be the free game when every man and his dog was expecting Halo or AC2.

    when this was pointed out to him, he told me

    just about every single major news site had reported what the 1st 2 games would be Halo 3 and Assaassin's Creed 2 and even Xbox support said..

    https://twitter.com/DaleStevensII/status/351719776046956546/photo/1

    and yet this "best spokseman for console" never had a clue. so no, not him.
    I think you are being a bit too harsh. Nelson is going to give out info he is given or allowed to release. He is not the guy calling the shots.
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    Kindda seen this coming. He was kindda just tossed under the bus the moment MS announced they changed their stance on the whole online only/DRM fiasco.
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    It was best to go ahead and break ties with him since he was in the last year of his contract. Mattrick did a great job at making the xbox games and entertainment division very profitable but his short comings really showed when it was time to roll out a new console pand his PR skills just sucks.

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