Xbox One boss Don Mattrick quits, to join Zynga as CEO


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Xbox One boss Don Mattrick has quit Microsoft to take up the role of CEO at social games company Zynga.

The game firm Zynga confirmed that former Xbox head Don Mattrick will be taking up the role of CEO from July 8 at the company.

WSJ’s blog AllThingsD broke the news before the official announcement was made by Zynga.

“In its short history, Zynga has redefined entertainment and brought social gaming to the mainstream,” said Mattrick in a statement.

“More than 1 billion people across web and mobile have installed Zynga games, and franchises like FarmVille and Words With Friends have become a part of people’s daily lives.

“I joined Zynga because I believe that Mark [Pincus’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.”

This new recruitment is touted as being the saviour for the struggling company, with investors’ morale at an all time low.

Don Mattrick is a familiar face and he was the one who announced the Xbox One and revealed the console’s look to the world during Microsoft’s E3 presser earlier this year.

Don was with Microsoft for six long years and led the Xbox devision for 3 years, which saw the company grow from 6 million Xbox Live users to 52 million. However, following Xbox One’s announcement, the exec has been subject to fan outrage and seems to have made some statements which didn’t go down well with the audience.

Microsoft has no plans to announce an immediate replacement for Mattrick, according to an insider who informed PlayStation Gang.