Xbox boss Don Mattrick is leaving Microsoft to head up Zynga

Move said to be unrelated to rumoured internal restructuring

According to a new story on AllThingsD, Don Mattrick is poised to leave Microsoft and take a top-level job at struggling online and social gaming company Zynga.

On 21st May, Mattrick took to the stage in Redmond to officially unveil the Xbox One, and just a few months later, according to initial reports, he's leaving the company after six years of service. The move appears to be unrelated to the restructuring currently afoot at Microsoft.

Mattrick has made a couple of controversial statements regarding the Xbox brand since the Xbox One announcement, including telling fans that if they didn't like the idea of an always-online console, they can buy an Xbox 360 instead. As a result, he hasn't been the internet's favourite gaming personality these past few weeks.


But according to his bio, "since Mattrick began overseeing the Xbox division, the Xbox 360 installed base grew from 10 million to nearly 80 million worldwide while Xbox Live membership increased from 6 million to nearly 50 million."

More on this as it develops.

Update - It's official - Microsoft needs a new Interactive Entertainment Business president. CEO Steve Ballmer has released a statement on Mattrick's departure.

Zynga announced today that Don Mattrick would be its new CEO, effective July 8. This is a great opportunity for Don, and I wish him success. Don's directs will report to me and will continue to drive the day-to-day business as a team, particularly focused on shipping Xbox One this holiday.

Since joining IEB more than six years ago, Don and his team have accomplished much. Xbox Live members grew from 6 million to 48 million. Xbox 360 became the No. 1 selling console in North America the past two years. We introduced Kinect and have sold more than 24 million sensors. We released fantastic games, and, most importantly, we expanded Xbox to go beyond great gaming to deliver all the entertainment people want - sports, music, movies, live television and much more.

In the past month, the IEB team showed for the first time here on our Redmond campus, and again at E3, how we are going to continue to transform entertainment with Xbox One. I am incredibly proud of the work and vision culminating in Xbox One.

I'm particularly excited about how Xbox pushes forward our devices and services transformation by bringing together the best of Microsoft. The consoles are incredible all-in-one devices with built-in services that consumers love, including Bing, Xbox Live, Internet Explorer, SkyDrive and Skype. And, just as important, Xbox Games, Xbox Video, Xbox Music and SmartGlass light up Windows PCs, tablets and phones.

Thank you, Don, for setting us on a path to completely redefine the entertainment industry. The strong leadership team at IEB and their teams are well positioned to deliver the next-generation entertainment console, as well as transformative entertainment experiences, long into the future.