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Don Mattrick steps down as Zynga’s CEO

Don Mattrick, the former Xbox head who left to become CEO at social game publisher Zynga, has now left that company. Zynga’s founder has taken back the reins in his stead.

Mark Pincus, who stepped down as CEO for Mattrick, is back in the role effective immediately.

“Don joined us in a very important time in our evolution. I sincerely thank him for his leadership in better serving our players in a mobile first world and for delivering world class quality and value to our consumers,” Pincus said in a release.

“The team’s hard work for our mobile players has resulted in bookings growing from 27% mobile bookings when Don joined to 60% by the end of last year. Further, to deliver unique and differentiated value to our mobile players, Don and the team acquired NaturalMotion. NaturalMotion has surprised and delighted the world with Clumsy Ninja and CSR Racing resulting in more than 160 million installs to date…

“Now that we are a mobile first company, it’s time to renew our focus on our founding mission to connect the world through games and our vision to make play and social games a mass market activity,” Pincus concluded.

Mattrick, who at Xbox helped pushed the “all in one” Xbox One strategy that current head Phil Spencer has been winding back — said he’s leaving Zynga to pursue new challenges.

“When I joined the company in July 2013, Mark and I shared a vision of building a meaningful company that redefines entertainment in an increasingly mobile world,” said Mattrick.

“I am proud of the progress we have made together. I believe the timing is now right for me to leave as CEO and let Mark lead the company into its next chapter given his passion for the founding vision and his ability to couple our mobile progress with Zynga’s unique strengths. As a company, Zynga is in a stronger position today to serve mobile consumers and take advantage of the unprecedented growth opportunity across our industry. I am excited about the company’s trajectory and wish the best for Mark, Zynga and NaturalMotion as I plan to return to Canada to pursue my next challenge.”



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