Zynga had been in dire financial troubles for the past few years, highlighted by a bitter lawsuit battle with Electronic Arts and cutting 520 jobs two weeks ago. The casual gaming giant had been hiring many major execs in the industry. Developer Dave Marsh noted on "Zynga is like a retirement home for executives.",
Mattricks move also comes with interesting timing, after the major backlash against the Xbox One's online policies, forcing a surprising reversal by Microsoft on them. It'll be interesting to see the Xbox One's progress with new leadership, though some have speculated that the Microsoft board has been pulling strings to attempt to put the more unpopular policies in place in the first place.