Getting To Know Don Mattrick

This is a blog I wrote back in July of 2007 when we found out that former EA president would be taking Peter Moore’s job at Microsoft. In the very first sentence I said we would be getting to know the “new face of Microsoft Gaming.” I can not recall a single time since I wrote this article that we have heard from Mr. Matrrick himself which might not be a bad thing. I’m sure the man is hard at work.

Now that Don Mattrick is taking over Peter Moore’s position as Senior Vice President of Interactive Entertainment Business (IEB), I thought it would be nice to get to know the new face of Microsoft gaming.

Mattrick founded Distinctive Software Inc. which was a private company before merging with Electronic Arts in 1991. Mattrick’s most recent position with EA was president of Worldwide Studios, which he resigned from in February 2006. A year later he joined the Microsoft Entertainment and Devices division as an external adviser. Robert Bach ,President of the Entertainment and Devices division, in a press release stated today “While Peter will certainly be missed, we are delighted to have one of the industry’s most talented and passionate veterans on board to lead the business,” said Bach. “Don is well-known and respected throughout the industry for his deep knowledge, technical expertise and management savvy. Under Don’s leadership, the games team is looking forward to embarking on our biggest holiday ever, with a wide-ranging roster of some of the most highly anticipated titles.”

Mattrick has twenty-three years of experience from both the development and business side. He has helped bring to life many triple-A franchises such as “Need for Speed,” “Harry Potter,” “The Sims,”Test Drive,” and many more. In a direct quote from Mattrick himself “over the past two decades, and the past few months in particular, I’ve worked closely with many of Microsoft’s top leaders and I’ve always been impressed by their talent, passion and commitment,” said Mattrick. “I’m thrilled to join an already strong team that’s delivering truly amazing gaming experiences to customers around the world. I’ve never been more excited about the future of the industry, and firmly believe Microsoft will lead the next great innovations in gaming.”

Other games Don Mattrick has worked on include:

Warcraft II: The Dark Saga (1997)
Diablo (1998)
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun (1999)
SSX (2000)
SSX Tricky (2001)
NBA Street (2002)
Medal of Honor: Frontline (2002)
Medal of Honor: Allied Assault (2002)
The Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle-Earth (2004)
Battlefield 2 (2005)

Thanks, (Moby Games) & (Microsoft)

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