Report: Mattrick tried to buy Zynga while at Microsoft

Former Microsoft executive Don Mattrick was reportedly interested in Zynga many moons ago, not as a company to join but as one to buy. That's according to Bloomberg sources "with knowledge of the matter," who said Mattrick negotiated in 2010 to purchase the then-booming Zynga with the aim of adding social games to Microsoft's Xbox roster.

Bloomberg said its sources asked to remain anonymous because the talks in question, which "ultimately fell apart," were private. Bloomberg also noted Zynga spokesperson Dani Dudeck declined to comment on the matter.

Weeks after unveiling the Xbox One to the world, Mattrick left his position as president of Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business to become Zynga's CEO. If Mattrick chose an intense time to leave Microsoft, times are no less intense at Zynga. The company's endured a year of high-level departures and plenty of layoffs.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.