Report: Don Mattrick looked to buy Zynga while still at Microsoft

Former Microsoft head Don Mattrick negotiated for the purchase of casual games company Zynga in an attempt to bolster Microsoft's Xbox lineup with social titles in 2010, Bloomberg reports.

Discussions between Mattrick and Zynga founder Mark Pincus eventually fell apart, sources close to the matter told Bloomberg. We have contacted Microsoft for comment and will update the post with further information about the alleged plans as it comes.

Following the reveal of Microsoft's latest console, Xbox One, Mattrick announced his move from the Xbox giant to the faltering Zynga. As CEO of the social games studio, Don Mattrick will receive a pay package of $19.3 million in stocks and cash during his first year. This follows major cuts of approximately 18 percent of Zynga's workforce in June, which were said to result in an estimated $70 million to $80 million in savings.

More from Polygon

The horror of Five Nights at Freddy's

  • Dark Souls 2: Crown of the Old Iron King Overview

  • Spacecom: a fast 4X built for multiplayer

  • Pillars of Eternity builds on role-playing classics

  • Tour the 1 KB hard drive built inside Minecraft

Latest Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new Polygon username and password

As part of the new Polygon launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to Polygon going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new Polygon username and password

As part of the new Polygon launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to Polygon going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.
Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5353_tracker