CEO Mattrick tried to buy Zynga in 2010 -- report

In 2010, Don Mattrick held negotiations about buying Zynga with the man he has now replaced, Mark Pincus.

Mark Pincus (left) with Don Mattrick.
Mark Pincus (left) with Don Mattrick. Zynga

Zynga CEO Don Mattrick might have secured his new position much sooner if he and his predecessor could have made a deal a few years ago.

Mattrick held discussions with Zynga founder and former CEO Mark Pincus in 2010 about the possibility of Mattrick acquiring the social-gaming company, Bloomberg reported Monday, citing people who claim to have knowledge of those talks. Those talks eventually fell through, but Pincus and Mattrick remained friendly, according to Bloomberg's sources.

Mattrick was named Zynga's new CEO last week . He previously served as a senior vice president at Microsoft, leading the company's entertainment push in the gaming arena. According to Bloomberg's sources, Pincus and Mattrick first discussed the Microsoft executive taking over Zynga as chief executive in March.

Now that he's CEO, Mattrick stands to become an awfully rich man at Zynga. A regulatory filing last week revealed that Mattrick could earn over $50 million over the next few years. The largest chunk of that compensation package is a $25 million restricted stock award that vests over three years.

Clarification at 8 a.m PT: Don Mattrick could earn more than $50 million in the next few years.

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