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Can Microsoft's Xbox head save Zynga?

Zynga brings in head of Microsoft's Xbox business to replace founder Mark Pincus. Smart move?


Zynga's CEO, Mark Pincus (left), is stepping down to be replaced by Don Mattrick, the head of Microsoft's Xbox business.


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Zynga Inc's decision to bring in the head of Microsoft Corp's Xbox business to replace founder Mark Pincus is a bold stroke that was hailed on Wall Street, but it still leaves questions as to who is ultimately in charge at the troubled game-maker.

Don Mattrick was personally recruited by Pincus. But Pincus holds on to 61 percent of the voting rights due to a two-tiered stock structure and will remain Zynga's chairman and its chief product officer.

Mattrick, who is credited with building Microsoft's Xbox business into a gaming powerhouse, hesitated before agreeing to take the job, people with knowledge of the events said.


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