"Don is unique in the game business," said Zynga founder and chairman Mark Pincus. "He can execute in multiple domains -- hardware, software and network, and he's been the person responsible for game franchises like 'Need for Speed,' 'FIFA' and 'The Sims'."
"He's one of the top executives in the overall entertainment business and he's 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 world's 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 in 41 countries."
Pincus steps down from the position of CEO, but will continue to serve in his role as chairman and chief product officer.
"I'm 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," he added.
This comes off the heels of Microsoft's Xbox One fiasco, which could be the reason why Don is leaving quietly. It also gives Microsoft a way out, so to speak, wherein they can appease the fan base and move forward from this whole debacle. This can be seen as a positive for both parties, giving Microsoft closure and a way to go on with the future.
If you want to see more from me and Nerd Genious, check out my newest rant on Microsoft cancelling Assassin's Creed 2 and Halo 3 free-to-play downloads as part of their two free games a month scheme.