Today is a big day. Im excited to announce that Don Mattrick will be joining us as Zyngas new CEO and member of our Board. I wanted to let you all know why I made the decision to recruit Don and what I think it means for all of us.
Over the last few months Ive spent a lot of time thinking about all that we have achieved together as a company. We have pioneered social gaming and helped make Play a core part of millions of peoples lives. But Zynga has so much more potential ahead, the opportunity to be an Internet Treasure and deliver on our mission of connecting the world through games.
As I reflect on the past six years, I realize that Ive had the greatest impact working as an entrepreneur with product teams, developing games that could entertain and connect millions.
Ive always said to Bing and our Board that if I could find someone who could do a better job as our CEO Id do all I could to recruit and bring that person in. Im confident that Don is that leader.
If youre not familiar with Don, hes an entertainment and game industry innovator whos been making products and scaling teams and businesses for the last 30 years. Dons had major leadership roles at Microsoft, Electronic Arts and Distinctive Software, which he founded when he was 17 years old.
Don is unique in the game business. He can execute in multiple domains hardware, software and network, and hes been the person responsible for game franchises like Need for Speed, FIFA and The Sims. Hes one of the top executives in the overall entertainment business and hes a great coach who has inspired people to do their best work and build strong, productive teams.
He deeply understands the value of a network and the importance of creating lifelong consumer relationships. He turned Xbox into the worlds largest console gaming network, growing its installed base from 10 to 80 million and transformed that business from deep losses to substantial profits. And he has grown the Xbox Live player network from 6 to 50 million active members.
Going forward Ill continue in my role as Chairman and Chief Product Officer. Im excited to partner with Don and the rest of our team to return Zynga to its leadership role in inventing and growing Play as a core human experience.
Don officially starts next week; however hell be joining me tomorrow to host an All-Hands meeting so you can all have an opportunity to meet him and ask any questions. Please feel free as always to post your questions and vote up questions on our Zyntranet here.
Thanks and see you tomorrow.
Don Mattrick betragtes som en af de tunge drenge i spilindustrien, og hans exit hos Microsoft vil uden tvivl efterlade et hul som Microsoft skal have fyldt ud hurtigst muligt. Spørgsmålet er nu bare hvem det er der bliver den nye chef for Microsofts Underholdningsdivision, og dermed også have det overordnede ansvar for Xbox One.
Steve Ballmer har sendt følgende e-mail ud til ansatte hos Microsoft:
From: Steve Ballmer
Sent: Monday, July 1, 2013
To: Microsoft All Employees
Subject: Don Mattricks Next Chapter
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. Dons 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.
Im 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.