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.

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