The Head of Soaring Xbox Is Leaving for Flailing Zynga Because He Needs the Sun
In case you hadn't heard, Zynga is totally falling apart, but the head of Xbox doesn't care because the butt of all of social-gaming startup jokes is located in San Francisco's hip, sunny Mission district, not Microsoft's dreary, awful Redmond, Washington. And, you know, because he might be its next CEO.
This isn't all about the location, of course. Mattrick could get a title bump to co-CEO — along with Zynga co-founder and professional screwball/crybaby Mark Pincus — according to Swisher's sources. Update: Zynga CEO Mark Pincus is stepping down, making way for Mattlick to take the reigns Quartz's Gina Chon reports. People on the Zynga side of things are delighted by the news already, with the not exactly stable stock up a whole 11 percent... which is only 30 cents per share, but still — that's a nice little bump from utter stagnation. A sunny change indeed!