Mattrick negotiated Zynga buy-out while at Microsoft in 2010 – report

Monday, 8th July 2013 09:29 GMT By Dave Cook

Zynga CEO Don Mattrick is said to have opened negotiations for a Zynga buy-out while at Microsoft in 2010, according to fresh reports.

Bloomberg cites several sources close to the issue that have said Mattrick entered discussion over a potential acquisition of Zynga with then-CEO mark Pincus as early as 2010.

While the discussions failed to bear fruit, they began a long-standing friendship between Mattrick and Pincus, and the pair first coined the idea of Mattrick becoming Zynga’s CEO in March of this year.

Mattrick left Microsoft to become Zynga CEO last week, and is said to make $19.3 million this year, and as much as $50 million over the next three years if certain parameters are met.

What do you make of Mattrick’s departure? Let us know below.




  1. ps3fanboy

    go away idiot and take that zynga shit with you!

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Dahak

    Who cares about mattrick,the guy ran away from microsoft with his head tuck between his legs.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Bam007

    Just another business venture for Microsoft. No harm done in trying.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. ChunkyLover112

    He is a great man. Will be missed at Microsoft…

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Lord God King

    @ 1

    for once, I actually agree with you

    #5 1 year ago
  6. MCTJim

    again, no brand loyalty for these guys..they all go to where the perks and $$ are.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. MrWaffles

    I hate Zynga games, but they had a solid money making strategy going. Yes, their IPO turned out to be a failure, but I can see them coming back strongly.

    Hopefully Mattrick will stay away from the creative (and PR) department and stick to the adquisitions and media strategy.

    #7 1 year ago

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