Don Mattrick will earn How much at Zynga?

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It’s becoming quite easy to see why former Xbox head Don Mattrick jumped ship for mobile and social gaming proprietor Zynga; they’re throwing money at him.

According to Zynga filings, Mattrick will net himself a $5 million signing bonus, a $1 million salary – plus stock options of  $25 million over three years, plus additional restricted shares and options valued at $15 million. That’s $19.3 million just in his first year.

Next year, Mattrick could be getting a performance bonus of $5 million, plus  performance-based equity grant valued at $7 million.

All totalled, that’s a heck of a lot of money – but it’s worth noting that 95% of it is in stock, so he’s going to have to actually work damned hard to make that money. So far, it seems like he’s already helping; just being brought on has caused Zynga’s stock to surge 10%.

Still, it’s down 70% from what it was a year ago – so Don Mattrick’s going to have to pull a magical rabbit out of his arse if he plans to keep Don’s Mattress stuffed with cash.

If this is what video game executives earn, it’s no wonder the industry’s not making enough money.

Last Updated: July 4, 2013

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Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Airborne

    I am not seeing the upside… Except for Microsoft… sounds like a punchline to a bad joke…

  • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    Good grief that is a lot of cash. Heck even the portion that isn’t tucked away in shares is still a crap load. I wouldn’t even know what to do with all that cash 0_o

    • HvR

      Well Zynga first got to make $30 million to actually pay him, their facebook money is worth much in the real world.

    • TiMsTeR1033

      I would easily lol

    • Trevor Davies

      A pony made of diamonds.

  • OVG

    I bet it is all a cunning plan to bring Zynga to the Bone.

  • IceH

    Best Photoshopping Ever. Looks like his head is ACTUALLY part of the cartoon

    • RinceWind

      That’s his natural look though 🙂 hehehe

  • RinceWind

    Shame, maybe Cliffy B can lend him a hand, after all, it’s us bastards who buy second hand games that is ruining the industry, right?

    • Trevor Davies

      Just like you killed Kenny!

      • RinceWind

        And a WHOLE bunch of others *sharpens pencil while staring at colleague* ‘one more snort, I dare ya, one more…’ 0-O

        • Trevor Davies

          One of those?

          *sniff sniffffffff*


          • RinceWind

            You have no idea… It would be okay if it happened like clockwork, you know, then you block it out, but it is ALMOST like clockwork. Sniff, sniff, sniff, s…. … … when is it comi… SNIFF! GAHHH!

          • Trevor Davies

            I feel your pain. I really, really do. I like to look on the bright side, at least it’s easy to know where they are.

          • RinceWind

            Here you go, a laugh for you!

          • Trevor Davies


  • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

    Evacuation in my building ohh noooooooz!!! it’s been fun

    • RinceWind

      No dude! Tell them you have LG to write to! #screwdeath

      • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

        Hellz no im almost packed ready to go! see ya’ll on the other side!!!

        • RinceWind

          Keep me a warm spot!

  • ElNicko

    but I thought we were told that Used Games are whats causing this industry to go down (supposedly) , it could never be ludicrous amounts of money like this being thrown around

    • Trevor Davies

      I know, it’s so upsetting. If it wasn’t for those filthy used games he’d get paid twice as much & then they’d have to work extra hard to find another scapegoat.

  • Ultimo_Cleric N7

    Wow…..far to much cash.

  • Theo Steenekamp

    Geoff can actually submit a few of these headers to the creators of South Park. Maybe they will inspire them!

  • Macethy

    Am I the only one that sees another tech bubble burst coming with the likes of Facebook, Twitter, Zynga, etc.?

  • Happy Hamster

    Maybe in the Future Headline: Zynga to close doors due to Bankruptcy and Over Paid CEO’s

  • Trevor Davies

    “dull a magical rabbit”? That made me giggle like an anime schoolgirl.

    • Trevor Davies

      If anyone can dull something down it’s Dot Matrix.

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