Xbox Boss Has A Very Excellent House

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Don Mattrick, head of Microsoft's Xbox division, lives in this house. I think this qualifies as a Gold-tier home. Definitely not Silver.


I came across this aerial view of Mattrick's Vancouver abode during some reporting and researching involving yesterday's Microsoft executive shake-up. Mattrick's still at Microsoft. In fact, he now not only runs the Xbox division but will be reporting directly to Microsoft's CEO. That's impressive, but not as impressive as this house.

A 2008 article about impressive Vancouver homes states that Mattrick's 25,000 square foot palace is shared by himself and his wife, the daughter of a major Canadian telecom founder. The house had been assessed at $28 million (Canadian) in '08, according to

Is there a person in the gaming business with a nicer house? If so, does it include a 10-car garage as Mattrick's does? I'm guessing no, until you e-mail me pictures that indicate otherwise. Until then just take a gander from above.



This is how people like Mattrick can afford a house like the one above.

A few choice details about workers at a Microsoft supplier factory (taken straight from Kotaku):

* Over the past three years, unprecedented photographs of exhausted teenaged workers, toiling and slumping asleep on their assembly line during break time, have been smuggled out of the KYE factory.

* KYE recruits hundreds-even up to 1,000-"work study students" 16 and 17 years of age, who work 15-hour shifts, six and seven days a week. In 2007 and 2008, dozens of the work study students were reported to be just 14 and 15 years old. A typical shift is from 7:45 a.m. to 10:55 p.m.

* Along with the work study students-most of whom stay at the factory three months, though some remain six months or longer-KYE prefers to hire women 18 to 25 years of age, since they are easier to discipline and control.

* In 2007 and 2008, before the worldwide recession, workers were at the factory 97 hours a week while working 80 ½ hours. In 2009, workers report being at the factory 83 hours a week, while working 68 hours.

* Workers are paid 65 cents an hour, which falls to a take-home wage of 52 cents after deductions for factory food.

* Workers are prohibited from talking, listening to music or using the bathroom during working hours. As punishment, workers who make mistakes are made to clean the bathrooms.

* Security guards sexually harass the young women.

*Fourteen workers share each primitive dorm room, sleeping on narrow double-level bunk beds. To "shower," workers fetch hot water in a small plastic bucket to take a sponge bath. Workers describe factory food as awful.

*Not only are the hours long, but the work pace is grueling as workers race frantically to complete their mandatory goal of 2,000 Microsoft mice per shift. During the long summer months when factory temperatures routinely reach 86 degrees, workers are drenched in sweat.

*There is no freedom of movement and workers can only leave the factory compound during regulated hours.

* The workers have no rights, as every single labor law in China is violated. Microsoft's and other companies' codes of conduct have zero impact.