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UPDATE: Don Mattrick has been appointed CEO of Zynga, effective July 8, 2013, it's been confirmed.

ORIGINAL STORY: Don Mattrick, the president of Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business and Xbox chief, is to resign, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The report suggests that Mattrick is close to signing a new role with social game firm Zynga, "possibly as its CEO".

Mattrick's appointment "could be made as soon as today", the site reports, with confirmation expected at around 9pm BST. Zynga's shares have soared by 11 per cent following the initial report.

It's long been rumoured that Mattrick is set to leave the company, with online speculation suggesting that the Xbox president could have been set to replace ex-EA CEO John Riccitiello, who left the publisher in March.

Mattrick has headed up Microsoft's IEB department for almost three years, serving previously as senior vice president on Microsoft's gaming business. Prior to that, Mattrick acted as the president of worldwide studios at EA.

If true, Mattrick's departure will come just months before the launch of Microsoft's Xbox One, the successor to Xbox 360 due to release this November.

Speculation has now turned to Mattrick's possible successor as the head of Microsoft's IEB, with some suggesting that Microsoft Game Studios VP Phil Spencer could be set to take over.


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Can't say I'd be sad to see him go, but I've always found him to be the sort of manufactured person who is sealed in bubble wrap and locked away between events and interviews.

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Sure, that's not the actual case with Don (or so we're told), but it's always been my impression.
He never seems like a person you could actually just talk to.

Besides, he's come out with quite a few clangers in the past month or so.
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Posted 20:34 on 01 July 2013
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Haha I thought Zynga shares would go DOWN not up!

He was probably on the cards to leave anyway and this whole DRM fiasco probably sped things up. Then again, Don Mattrick, Phil Spencer, Phil Harrison AND Larry Hryb have all been absolute lemons in the last few months.

On some occasions they lied and contradicted each other - none of them really knowing what the facts were at the time.

Luckily for Microsoft, the average consumer (who wouldn't bother to find out who runs Xbox division) still thinks Bill Gates run everything with an iron fist.
Posted 20:19 on 01 July 2013
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I'd put Phil Harrison into the job. Look at all the experience he's got with E3 presentations and launching consoles.
Posted 19:37 on 01 July 2013
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I kind of like Don Mattrick. Even if he does make mistakes he's still worth more then any position at Zynga.
Posted 19:36 on 01 July 2013
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