Don Mattrick tried to get Microsoft to buy Zynga - Report

Former Xbox boss wanted to buy the social gaming giant back in 2010, reports Bloomberg.

Former Xbox boss Don Mattrick tried to convince Microsoft to purchase Zynga three years before taking the job of CEO at the social gaming giant, a new report says.

Mattrick had his eyes on Zynga back in 2010, reports Bloomberg, and initiated conversations at the peak of the social gaming boom with the intention of using Zynga to boost the Xbox's social gaming lineup.

While the talks reportedly collapsed, Mattrick and Zynga founder Marc Pincus stayed in touch. The two reportedly began talking about Mattrick moving the Zynga as its CEO back in March, when the two road-bike enthusiasts started riding together.

Mattrick's departure from Microsoft, formally announced last week, came after the company's unveiling of the Xbox One and the following controversy surrounding its online-focused policies. Microsoft has subsequently announced a heavily publicised u-turn on many of its former Xbox One features, though Mattrick's negotiations with Zynga began long before the Xbox One was even announced.

Zynga's new CEO arrives as the company is closing offices and shedding staff after announcing that the company's revenue had fallen 18 percent in the last year.

Mattrick, meanwhile, is set to earn $40m over the next three years at Zynga, including $19m in his first year.

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141 comments
smtgfx
smtgfx

It always amazes me how these people get into such high places and suck so bad. I guess its who you know.

sonic1992
sonic1992

XBOX ONE = PS1

XBOX TWO = PS2

XBOX THREE = PS3

THERE YOU FUCKING GO IT SHOULD BE

Xbox = Xbox 360 = Xbox 720 ?

JoonKimDMD
JoonKimDMD

How did that stupid guy become a boss? Even managers in fastfood restaurants are smarter than that dumba$$.

Wattsburg0
Wattsburg0

Why do I always picture a soup sandwich when I hear something about this guy?

Necro_Fear89
Necro_Fear89

The sad part? Whether he was fired or forced to step down doesn't matter, he will still make millions regardless and be richer than any of us ever will be in our lifetimes.

sonicare
sonicare

MS dodged a bullet.  lol

spindie
spindie

mattricks face piss anyone else off or is it just me?

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

zynga is going to collapse. matrick will fail 2x....but hes going to be rich at failing.

OldKye
OldKye

'road-bike enthusiast' why am I not surprised?  That with everything else just screams D-bag lol.

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

No guys, really -- I wasn't fired!  See?!?

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

Well at least he's gone now. I think this will be best for the Xbox going forward.

Kingjames11
Kingjames11

How come this whole thing with Mattrick reminds of scenes from Office Space?

TheKokopelli
TheKokopelli

Glad Microsoft didn't follow his ideas.  Last thing we need, is a bunch of shitty games clogging the dashboard.  At least a lot of the indie games are worth the $$$,  Can't say the same for the Zynga rubbish.

vadagar1
vadagar1

the shrowd of the dark side has fallen....

begun the war of the consoles has ...

epicgameresearc
epicgameresearc

That seems about right.  Mattrick is filled with great ideas.

InFI_Chronos
InFI_Chronos

They look like they just got done sucking each other off in this photo...

ConsoleContempt
ConsoleContempt

If this clown can be a CEO then you have no excuse for your failure to succeed other than yourself. 

WingChopMasta
WingChopMasta

MS doesn't need to buy a hurting company. MS just creates their own devisions and buries those instead.

thermalmotion
thermalmotion

These FB game companies started all this social gaming / microtransaction bullshit. I guess he's back where he belongs.

dark_zero_86
dark_zero_86

I'm sure I'm not the only one that would have broken their Xbox the moment they got a request to milk someones cows.

carolino
carolino

xbox one with farmville

hardcore console ftw

HAMMERCLAW
HAMMERCLAW

So, instead of buying Zynga, they pull a Nokia and embed one of their own as CEO of the company, no doubt to form a "strategic partnership." Oh, that always works out well.LOL

jerusaelem
jerusaelem

So Don Mattrick's has ALWAYS been an unmitigated tool? You know, somehow I had a hunch.

Hurvl
Hurvl

If you can't buy them, join them.

frozenux
frozenux

Wait...Mark Pincus,Zynga co-founder, has Elf ears? 

jhcho2
jhcho2

Well, luckily MS didn't buy Zynga, because they are worth probably less than half of what they were 3 years ago. Another demerit given to Don Mattrick for nearly costing Microsoft millions in a bad purchase.

Swo01
Swo01

@AyatollaofRnR yeah the man behind xbox360 and xbox live is gone from ms....cant wait to see what happens

wasakaka
wasakaka

@ConsoleContempt This "clown" founded his own game company at age 17. How many 17 years old have done that?

Sampawende
Sampawende

@jhcho2 Actually it would have been a really smart move from M$. Zynga may be poorly manage (and about that, if poorly managed means earning what they are earning then many people should start to manage their business more "poorly") but the fact are that they are firmly implented in the social gaming world and that it would'nt take much to turn Zynga into a Killer money maker. What's more, M$ is foreseing where Google and Facebook are heading and they should have understood that Zynga could have helped them to get there.

But the problem with M$ is that their visibility is as slear as a blind dog, theyr touched they idea of facebook and or skype (MSN?) with older products but awefully failed in making them evolved. M$ has a great problem in decision taking and I don't know who's behind that but they should fire them asap ottherwise, Google, Facebook and others will own them in a near future...

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

@wasakaka @ConsoleContempt He was born in 1964.  So if he started a game company at age 17, then he started out just prior to the video game industry crash of '83.  That sounds about right, LOL

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

@Sampawende @jhcho2 I don't foresee anyone making Zynga a money maker.  They just had a couple of hit games that were huge time sinks and money grabs from casual gamers who didn't know better.  Now those folks are starting to move on, and there's no guarantee that the new Zynga games are likely to be anywhere close to as big a hit; way more competition in that space now.  It's not a place I want to see Microsoft (or Sony, or any real game company) compete in.

Worst was their practice of spending over $100/customer in advertising.  I know the saying, "You need to spend money to make money," but they have no reality for it.  That they're spending $40+ million to bring in Don Mattrick tells me they haven't changed.

shakensparco
shakensparco

@Sampawende @jhcho2 I was going to give this a full read and then I saw you use "M$." 

I don't respect anyone who uses that still.

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

@Sampawende @jhcho2 Google owns them already. When the boss of Google and the boss of Amazon are watching Doctor Who, specifically the episode 'Dalek', at the part where Van Staten says he owns the internet and Rose says something like, 'don't be daft, nobody owns the internet,' the two bosses turn to each other and high-five.

jhcho2
jhcho2

@Sampawende @jhcho2  

Zynga is failing for one simple reason - nobody is playing Farmville anymore. They made it big with a one-hit-wonder, but failed to realize the difference between first time cash ins, and repeat business. It's the same mistake Nintendo made with the Wii U don't you think? Casuals are the reason why Farmville and the Wii were successful. Their unwillingness to come back for a second helping is the reason for failure.