Report: Don Mattrick Leaving Microsoft for...Zynga? [UPDATE: It's Official]

#201 Posted by YukoAsho (2129 posts) -

This is getting weird.

Getting? It's been weird for a couple weeks now.

#202 Posted by SpoogeMcduck (191 posts) -

Is it just me or does he have the kind of face that just makes you want to punch him?

#203 Posted by Jack_Lafayette (3466 posts) -

I'm sure I'll continue to not care about Zynga.

#204 Posted by DG991 (1340 posts) -

This does not inspire confidence in the Xbox one

#205 Posted by Novis (146 posts) -

Microsoft. STOP IT! I need a break from your crazy shit. STOP WITH THE CRAZY SHIT!

#206 Edited by HellknightLeon (467 posts) -

I bet he took some of the fall for all the shit going on and told people that he would move on to help take the brunt of the pain. Why Zinga... he is just telling the world that he wants to die and never work on game again. Right?

#207 Posted by TPoppaPuff (285 posts) -

It makes sense really. It's been a while since Zynga pissed everyone off and Mattrick has been in the zone for like the last month. His first press release will be a retroactive $10/month subscription to Farmville.

#208 Edited by Hailinel (25205 posts) -

Probably the best part of this scenario is that Mark Pincus is no longer CEO of Zynga. The company may be a sinking ship, but it was Pincus's incompetence that got them there. I'd say that Mattrick is a step up in that regard.

#209 Posted by Darson (452 posts) -

Ahahahahahahaahahahahhahahahaahahahahah

Talk about a step down

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

#210 Posted by buft (3320 posts) -

@paisan13 said:

I never liked Don, but whats for sure is that he's not to blame for Microsoft's problems, he's just a spokesperson.

Hes the COO man, thats more than a spokesman, hes the guy thats second in command, that means all decisions come through him.

#211 Posted by MindChamber (349 posts) -

He should part his hair on the left side now, in honor of the change.

#212 Posted by xyzygy (10078 posts) -

I don't know what to think about this. I kind of am glad that he's gone, but apparently he was very good behind the scenes. Also, if he did truly create the original idea of the X1, then he's pretty forward thinking. I just think that that thinking was too ahead of its time. It was something that needed to be rolled out slowly over the course of a few years because, as the embracing of the PS4 shows, the public is not ready for a Steam-like console.

I hope he is successful at Zynga. It sucks, but all this negative backlash probably forced him to leave MS.

#213 Posted by eccentrix (1614 posts) -

He's found a company that appreciates the subtleties of being online all the time.

#214 Edited by redefaulted (2829 posts) -

It'll be interesting to see where this goes, and whether or not it was a good move on his part. One thing is for sure, I would play FarmVille 2 more if it was on the iOS marketplace. Kind of irks me that its not there already.

Actually, now that I think about it, screw FarmVille. Give me CoasterVille on my iPad so I can stop using their piece of shit Java platform. Still confuses me why I can run large-scale games at 60fps+, but a Facebook Java/Flash game lags like a piece of crap.

#215 Posted by Tebbit (4486 posts) -

"Zynga has redefined entertainment and brought social gaming to the mainstream"

SOCIAL GAMING HAS ALWAYS BEEN PART OF THE MAINSTREAM. SOCIAL GAMING IS MAINSTREAM.

Pardon me.

#216 Posted by AlexanderSheen (5090 posts) -

Even if Microsoft calls J Allard about this newly opened position, he would be like: "Nah, I'm good. Thanks."

#217 Posted by Plipster (132 posts) -

Even if Microsoft calls J Allard about this newly opened position, he would be like: "Nah, I'm good. Thanks."

I still look forward to the day where Microsoft has a press conference and it opens with J Allard riding in on a white horse...that's riding a jet-ski....that's on a snowboard.

Let me keep my dream alive.

#219 Edited by EXTomar (4943 posts) -

@plipster said:

@alexandersheen said:

Even if Microsoft calls J Allard about this newly opened position, he would be like: "Nah, I'm good. Thanks."

I still look forward to the day where Microsoft has a press conference and it opens with J Allard riding in on a white horse...that's riding a jet-ski....that's on a snowboard.

Let me keep my dream alive.

Think of it this way: Allard is riding a white horse, riding a jet-ski on a snowboard right now. Why would he need Microsoft?

#220 Posted by Plipster (132 posts) -

@extomar said:

@plipster said:

@alexandersheen said:

Even if Microsoft calls J Allard about this newly opened position, he would be like: "Nah, I'm good. Thanks."

I still look forward to the day where Microsoft has a press conference and it opens with J Allard riding in on a white horse...that's riding a jet-ski....that's on a snowboard.

Let me keep my dream alive.

Think of it this way: Allard is riding a white horse, riding a jet-ski on a snowboard right now. Why would he need Microsoft?

Because it doesn't make sense.

He needs a giant battleship that has a one to one scale replica of Swiss Alps on it for all that to snowboard down, anything less would be half-assing it.

#221 Posted by Little_Socrates (5715 posts) -

As much as I really, really dislike Don Mattrick, I'm now 100% sure that I have no idea what XONE is beyond "a more powerful 360."

#222 Posted by Lind_L_Taylor (3966 posts) -

Microsoft probably asked him to leave after the Xbone debacle. It's a horrible design, horrible features, and alienated the existing 360 fan base. I'm sort of hoping Microsoft will scrap it and rework something that makes sense for next year.

#223 Posted by randombattle (85 posts) -

Microsoft probably asked him to leave after the Xbone debacle. It's a horrible design, horrible features, and alienated the existing 360 fan base. I'm sort of hoping Microsoft will scrap it and rework something that makes sense for next year.

There is zero chance that this wasn't in response to the Xbone. From his insults to the military crowd to the panning of the "future" it all had to fall on his shoulders. He was the public head for the xbone and I don't doubt it was similar internally. However It's far too late for that now. They waited way too long to announce it to the public that it's too late to backpedal because of reactions. You can tell this by their plan to rip out all of the online guts from the xbone with out replacing it with anything new. They gambled till the last minute on TV and the CLOUD but chickened out way too late to do anything meaningful to the xbone. Now it's too late for them to push it because if they do they basically hand everything to Sony.

Do you really think they could survive all this backlash and afford skipping out on a year of releases? They have to have something out by holiday or they are boned.

Online
#224 Posted by The_Laughing_Man (13629 posts) -

@lind_l_taylor said:

Microsoft probably asked him to leave after the Xbone debacle. It's a horrible design, horrible features, and alienated the existing 360 fan base. I'm sort of hoping Microsoft will scrap it and rework something that makes sense for next year.

There is zero chance that this wasn't in response to the Xbone. From his insults to the military crowd to the panning of the "future" it all had to fall on his shoulders. He was the public head for the xbone and I don't doubt it was similar internally. However It's far too late for that now. They waited way too long to announce it to the public that it's too late to backpedal because of reactions. You can tell this by their plan to rip out all of the online guts from the xbone with out replacing it with anything new. They gambled till the last minute on TV and the CLOUD but chickened out way too late to do anything meaningful to the xbone. Now it's too late for them to push it because if they do they basically hand everything to Sony.

Do you really think they could survive all this backlash and afford skipping out on a year of releases? They have to have something out by holiday or they are boned.

So you think they will snip PS4 release date?

#225 Posted by The_Laughing_Man (13629 posts) -

So why is everyone freaking out Ballmer took over?

#226 Posted by Max_Cherry (1150 posts) -

Mattrick is the picture of entitlement.

#227 Posted by Icthion (1 posts) -

Heres my thoughts: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

#228 Posted by TruthTellah (9472 posts) -
#229 Edited by The_Laughing_Man (13629 posts) -

@truthtellah said:

Mattrick is one of the first Canadians I've disliked in a while.

And this explains a lot of his recent comments: http://www.businessinsider.com/don-mattrick-zynga-ceo-2013-7

That makes it seems hes super detached from the average person who buys video games.

And I still do not get why people are not happy with Ballmer. They need a business man to make decisions on what it said and what info is put out. Not some idiot who spouts out fake pity for the military or people with limited internet.

Or better yet someone who knows when NOT TO SAY ANYTHING.

#231 Posted by DiGiTaL_SiN (1790 posts) -

jump ship!

#232 Posted by Oddballs (155 posts) -

#234 Edited by Knucklesbuckaroo (4 posts) -

Yaaaa.... lets go from Microsoft to Zanga. I guess once a thief always a thief.

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