Zynga wanted PopCap, offered $1bn — report

EA wasn’t alone in their pursuit to acquire PopCap, a “source close to the deal” has told Forbes. Zynga was also heavily interested.

The social games giant is said to have offered $1 billion in cash but, as reported earlier in the week, PopCap decided in favor of EA’s $650 million in cash and $100 million in stock. The EA deal could also grow to $1.3bn should performance targets for the next two years be met.

Zynga itself won’t comment on their involvement.

There was at least one additional bidder in the mix as well, believed to be China-based TenCent, according to the same Forbes source. The final bidding war was had between EA and Zynga though.