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Nexon, Wargaming, Zynga CEO back mobile startup fund

Venture capital firm London Venture Partners is offering initial funding for mobile game development startups. The firm plans to invest between $50,000 and $500,000 into developers that are primarily in Europe. LVP General Partner Paul Heydon told TechCrunch that the firm plans to invest in 20 to...

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Zynga founder Pincus steps down, Xbox Live GM to head Zynga Studios

Zynga Co-Founder Mark Pincus is stepping down as Chief Product Officer of Zynga, the social gaming company announced alongside its first quarter 2014 financial results today. Pincus will continue to serve in a non-operational capacity as Zynga's Chairman of the Board, a role he held in addition to...

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Report: Three more executives exit Zynga

AllThingsD reports that three high-level executives have left social game company Zynga in the wake of changes implemented by newly appointed CEO Don Mattrick. According to unnamed sources, Zynga's chief operating officer David Ko, chief technology officer Cadir Lee, and chief people officer...

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Report: Mattrick tried to buy Zynga while at Microsoft

Former Microsoft executive Don Mattrick was reportedly interested in Zynga many moons ago, not as a company to join but as one to buy. That's according to Bloomberg sources "with knowledge of the matter," who said Mattrick negotiated in 2010 to purchase the then-booming Zynga with the aim of adding...

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Report: Ballmer to make Windows chief new head of Xbox division

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is considering Julie Larson-Green, the current Windows chief, to take over hardware engineering for the entire company, including the Xbox division, Bloomberg reports. Currently, Larson-Green is in charge of Windows products at Microsoft: She led the UI design of...

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Don Mattrick named Zynga's new CEO

Don Mattrick has been named the new CEO of Zynga, the social games company just announced in a blog post. He starts next week. "Going forward I'll continue in my role as Chairman and Chief Product Officer," said outgoing CEO Mark Pincus. "I'm excited to partner with Don and the rest of our team...

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Report: Xbox prez Don Mattrick leaving for Zynga [update: It's official]

Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business President Don Mattrick (the head of Xbox) is leaving the company, reports AllThingsD. Citing multiple sources, he'll be heading for a top job at Zynga, with an announcement coming as soon as today. Mattrick's move to Zynga could be what that company...

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Xbox boss says $500 Xbox One is 'over-delivering on value,' name-drops Halo 5

The $500 price tag for the Xbox One elicited audible gasps during Microsoft's E3 press conference. Speaking to Bloomberg, Xbox head Don Mattrick defended the hefty price, saying that Microsoft is "over-delivering on value" with the Xbox One. "It's a lower number than some of the analysts had...

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Microsoft investing $1 billion into games on Xbox One

Microsoft is investing $1 billion into games on the Xbox One, financing not only new studios but also securing exclusives for Microsoft's next-generation console. This is an unprecedented investment for Microsoft, much more than its most expensive game yet, Halo 4. Xbox One is planned to have...

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Don Mattrick: 'If you're backwards compatible, you're really backwards'

The Xbox One won't play Xbox 360 discs or XBLA games, and that doesn't really bother Microsoft Head of Interactive Entertainment Business Don Mattrick. "If you're backwards compatible, you're really backwards," he told the Wall Street Journal. Mattrick said only 5 percent of customers play...

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