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How much to turn around Zynga? Try $50m

How much to turn around Zynga? Try $50m

How much is turning around ailing casual game company Zynga worth? If you're ex-Microsoft Don Mattrick, the answer is a cool $50m. Details of Mattrick's reward package - starting with a $1m salary and climbing from there - have emerged courtesy of the SEC, with the former interactive entertainment business president taking home a $5m signing bonus, among other things.

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Microsoft Entertainment head tipped to move to Zynga as possible CEO [UPDATE]

Microsoft Entertainment head tipped to move to Zynga as possible CEO [UPDATE]

The man known as Don Mattrick has been tipped to be moving to the mobile gaming giant Zynga, switching from Entertainment Head of one company to CEO of the other. Such a move would likely have adverse effects on how Windows Phone 8 (and forward) work with games from the game maker - possibly aiming it toward a more diverse ecosystem rather than its still-limited web-browser-based setup today. Bring on the bulldogg!

UPDATE: Confirmed.

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Zynga’s OMGPOP studio shut down 14 months after acquisition

Zynga’s OMGPOP studio shut down 14 months after acquisition

Remember Draw Something? The fun social game that had you and a friend work together to try and guess each other's drawings was an absolute huge hit, and Zynga went right ahead and just bought the game and its studio who developed it: OMGPOP. However, it doesn't seem to be working out too well for Zynga, as they seem to have shut down the recently-acquired studio and laid off its employees.

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Zynga signs on to publish Game of Thrones social game

Zynga signs on to publish Game of Thrones social game

Zynga has partnered up with game developer Disruptor Beam to publish the developer's Game of Thrones Ascent social game. Zynga will be publishing the game both through Facebook and through its official website in order to market it to its user base of over 250 million people. The game is an extension of the popular Game of Thrones series on HBO, and will allow you to create a character to fight for one of the Great Houses.

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Zynga gets ready to shut down more games

Zynga gets ready to shut down more games

Zynga is getting ready to send several more of its games to the graveyard. Joining the recently deceased CityVille 2, The Friend Game, and Party Place are Zynga's previously popular games: The Ville, Empires & Allies, Dream Zoo, and Zynga City on Tencent. Zynga's Chief Operations Officer, David Ko, stated that Zynga decided to take an axe to these "under-performing" games in an effort to lower costs.

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