Report: Zynga Tried to Snag Angry Birds Maker for $2 Billion

Brett Molina, USA Today
Tuesday, 17 Apr 2012 | 12:11 PM ET
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Draw Something studio OMGPOP wasn't the only studio social gaming giant Zynga was reportedly after.

Bloomberg reports Zynga made an offer of more than $2 billion to scoop up Rovio, the creators of mobile hit Angry Birds. Citing "a person familiar with the company," the report says Rovio turned the offer down.

Spokespersons from Rovio and Zynga would not comment on the report.

The revelation is part of a larger look into Zynga and plans to step up acquisitions, starting with OMGPOP last month.

Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter tells Bloomberg the likely targets for Zynga are game developers specializing in mobile, an area where the company seems to struggle.

Among the potential targets: Zeptolab, best known for the Android and iOS hit Cut the Rope.

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