There were tons of personnel changes at Zynga, announced today by ex-Xbox boss and new Zynga boss Don Mattrick. The CTO, COO and Chief People Officer are out. Read through the changes and your head may spin. Big changes continue at the house of FarmVille.
There's an interesting piece on former Xbox boss Don Mattrick over on Fast Company. He has around a dozen Ferraris, and "Oftentimes, he'll take his jet to work".
After an earlier report said that he'd be leaving Microsoft, Don Mattrick has just been announced as CEO of Zynga. Here's Mark Pincus' letter detailing the changes at the Farmville company:
A report last week that the next Xbox console won't allow independent game developers to self-publish on the Xbox One gave people yet another next-gen Xbox thing to stew about. But Microsoft's Xbox chief says that Xbox One will have some sort of indie-friendly program.
The quote in the headline comes from Don Mattrick, talking to the Wall Street Journal about the Xbox One when the topic of backwards compatibility came up. But that’s not the only head-scratching statement to come from the man in charge of all things Xbox.
Microsoft says it has already sold one million Kinect sensors to Xbox 360 owners since the add-on for the console launched in the U.S. earlier this month.
The man with one of the most impressive houses in the gaming industry now has a title to match, as Microsoft officially makes Don Mattrick the president of its Interactive Entertainment Business.
Don Mattrick, head of Microsoft's Xbox division, lives in this house. I think this qualifies as a Gold-tier home. Definitely not Silver.
Microsoft Games Studios welcomes another new addition today as Microsoft agrees to acquire Vancouver-based developer BigPark.
I could have sworn we reported the almost laughable claim of Microsoft's Don Mattrick that he and not Nintendo invented — yes, specifically that word — avatars back with something called 4D Boxing in 1991. Going back through our archives, I can't find it. Doesn't matter, as he is still insistent upon that claim,…
Okay, so the Xbox 360 price cuts are a go! The newly priced Arcade Xbox 360 console is US$50 cheaper than the Nintendo Wii. But hang on there, sport, that doesn't mean Microsoft is thinking it's going to beat Nintendo. Ha! Microsoft's got its eyes on Sony. Says Xbox exec Don Mattrick (pictured):
Sony Computer Entertainment honcho Kaz Hirai is confused. Just look at his Giant Kaz Face, see how tranquilly baffled it is? That's some serious confusion. When Xbox bossman Don Mattrick said Microsoft would sell more consoles than the PS3 this generation, Hirai wasn't quite sure what that meant. How long does…