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Yes, there's going to be an Angry Birds movie, and the new trailer by Sony proves it. Set to hit theaters in 2016, Sony released the first teaser trailer of The Angry Birds Movie, an animated flick that will attempt to cash in on what's been a hugely popular mobile game franchise developed by Rovio. Rovio's found several ways to squeeze money out of its Angry Birds property. There have been multiple mobile games, including tie-ins with franchises like Star Wars, themed toys and board games, plush dolls, and so forth. However, this will be the first time that characters from Angry Birds will hit the silver screen. The animated comedy flick stars some well known celebrities such as Jason Sudeikis,... Read more...
In an attempt to create a "leaner and more agile" company, Angry Birds developer Rovio is planning to fling pink slips at up to 260 employees, the Finnish firm announced on Wednesday. The planned reduction represents more than a third of Rovio's staff and comes hot the heels of Angry Birds 2, which was downloaded nearly 50 million times in its first month of release. Unfortunately for Rovio and its employees, downloads alone don't generate revenue, at least for freemium titles. It's the in-app purchases that count, and while Rovio didn't disclose how much it's collected from its newest Angry Birds title, the company is struggling financially. In 2014, Rovio's revenue dipped 9 percent to 158 million... Read more...
Want to hear something slightly shocking and downright fowl? Today marks the fifth anniversary of Angry Birds, the mobile game that brought Rovio to fame and stole hours of your life in the process. It's hard to believe it's been five years already, during which time Rovio has shoveled out a dozen Angry Bird iterations. And as gamers, we've collectively flung over 600 billion (with a "B!") birds to date. We're just getting started with the stats. Those 600 billion birds break down to 85 for every person on the planet. In addition, Angry Birds has amassed 2.5 billion downloads to 1.7 billion smartphone users around the world. Even Dr. Evil would be impressed with all these billions! For our fowl... Read more...
Apple is partnering with dozens of app developers for (RED), a campaign to raise money for the fight against AIDS. Starting today, apps that participate in the (RED) program are donating all proceeds to The Global Fund.  The (RED) apps will be available until December 7th, but Apple is highlighting two days during that time with additional incentives. This Friday, Apple will be offering (RED) iTunes Gift Cards to customers who buy certain Apple products from the retail and online stores. On December 1st, Apple will celebrate World AIDS Day by contributing proceeds from every sale to The Global Fund. Many of the apps participating in the (RED) campaign have updated their icons with new designs.... Read more...
It's tough to fathom that Rovio could be in any kind of financial bind that would cause the company to hand out pink slips as a cost cutting measure, let alone layoff up to 130 employees, or 16 percent of its workforce. After all, this is the company responsible for the wildly popular Angry Birds franchise, which has been massively successful. Yet profits are down, so the decision's been made as Rovio looks to spur growth within the company. We have been building our team on assumptions of faster growth than have materialized. As a result, we announced today that we plan to simplify our organization around our three key businesses with the highest growth potential: games, media, and consumer... Read more...
Now that Flappy Bird has flown the coop, Rovio thought it was high time the casual gaming crowd had a new Angry Birds title to play with, but the question isn't, "Where will it take place," but "When?" The answer is medieval times, or so it appears from a new teaser trailer Rovio put up on YouTube. Rovio's trailer lasts all of 29 seconds as the camera rises from toe to head on a set of knight's armor. Inside the helmet sits the Red Bird looking angrier than ever, perhaps because he's been thrust into a time period when chamber pots filled with human waste were dumped right into the streets. Luckily, it doesn't appear that will be part of the game play. So, what will the game play be like? It's... Read more...
You'd have to imagine that the birds in Angry Birds are some of the angriest around, but last night, a "friend" of the hacking group Syrian Electronic Army saw it fit to add to their angst. For an undetermined amount of time, an image was plastered on the main Angry Birds site that changed the name to "Spying Birds". For added dramatic effect, an NSA logo was affixed to the lead character. The Syrian Electronic Army states that the hacker behind this is "anti-NSA", which is of little surprise given the attack. The group announced the attack (as a proxy, apparently) on Twitter, although judging by the comments, it appears that the website went back to normal mere minutes later. Either the SEA... Read more...
As we posted about over the weekend, Rovio teased us all with a image for an upcoming game, and it might just have been the easiest one to guess ever - after all, an angry bird projecting a Darth Vader shadow isn't too subtle. Today, Rovio confirms that its ultra-popular Angry Birds Star Wars game is getting a sequel. This comes as no surprise, of course, given the original scored over 100,000,000 downloads. Numbers like those still never cease to blow my mind. In the aforementioned post, Paul suggested that this game could tackle the franchise's prequels - and it appears he was spot-on. Given that, we're sure to see characters like Darth Maul and Anakin Skywalker - but what about Jar Jar Binks?... Read more...
You didn't really think Rovio was finished milking its Angry Birds franchise, did you? That would be like shutting down a gold mining operation before you've run out of pay dirt. There's still plenty of money to be made, especially with Rovio having licensed the rights to use Star Wars characters and themes in its games, of which there will be another title. An official announcement will come after the weekend, but in the meantime, Rovio offered up the following teaser pic of what's to come: "Attention, Angry Birds fans! Stay tuned on Monday, July 15th, for big news about a brand new game!," Rovio states on its official blog. "We're talking the biggest character line-up ever, awesome new powers,... Read more...
Microsoft is pushing hard to get as many top-tier apps as possible ported to Windows Phone, and sure enough, Rovio is playing nice. One of the world's most popular mobile games is coming back to Windows Phone in a major way. Rovio is re-launching the original Angry Birds for Windows Phone, adding over 400 levels and being free to download through 5/15. The Windows Phone 8 version will also have Xbox Live integration with new achievements and leaderboards. This will be a completely separate download from the original Angry Birds title that some of you may already own; the reason the company is re-releasing it is to make it "technically easier for Rovio to support in the future." In other words,... Read more...
Can't get enough Angry Birds? We find that hard to believe with all the options out there, but if that's indeed the case, you'll be happy to know that the Facebook-centric Angry Birds Friends game made a mad dash to mobile and is now available to download on both iOS and Android. It's a free download, and like the Facebook version, it mixes traditional Angry Birds gameplay with social score keeping and competition. To promote the competitive aspect and keep things fresh, Rovio plans to hold weekly tournaments beginning Monday, May 6th, and will introduce new levels every week. "Every Monday a different tournament gets under way, with all-new challenges for you and your friends," Rovio stated... Read more...
Rovio, creator of the wildly popular Angry Birds franchise, has every reason to smile. The developer announced its financial results for the company's full calendar year for 2012, noting that total consolidated full year revenue ballooned to €152.2 million (around $195 million), up more than 100 percent compared to 2011. "Year 2012 was another record-breaking year for Rovio. We doubled our revenue with an EBIT margin of 50 percent, more than doubled our headcount, established new offices and a New Business Ventures unit," said Rovio CFO Herkko Soininen. "Also, to protect our own, as well as our partners’ and our fans’ interests, we continue to invest heavily in brand protection... Read more...
There's a certain moment when most franchises realize that they've "arrived." And that moment could be when you manage to get a Star Wars license. Angry Birds, the ever-popular game from Rovio, will soon be launching a Star Wars-braded version. Make no mistake; this is no knockoff. This is a legitimate Star Wars branding, so get ready to see likenesses of Luke and plenty of other favorite characters. Perhaps even more important for Rovio is that the license deal includes merch, so get ready to see Angry Birds Star Wars t-shirts as well. The game is slated to launch on iOS, Android and computers on November 8th, giving you plenty of time to master everything over the holidays. Have a look at the... Read more...
Rovio may have learned how to wield the Force. According to the company's Angry Birds Tumblr page, a Star Wars tie-in to the highly popular game is in the works and will be unveiled on Monday in Times Square, New York. Whether that entails a new game remains to be seen, but whatever it is, it appears those PO'd birds are going with the Dark Side. "Welcome to the Angry Birds Tumblr page. Over the next few weeks we’ll have behind-the-scenes content, animations, comics, and much, much more. But what will this all be about exactly?! Here’s a clue…," Rovio teases on the page. Underneath the picture, Rovio writes: "Times Square, New York, October 8th, 10am EST. HINT: Head to Toys... Read more...
Rovio's wildly successful Angry Birds franchise needs no introduction. But Bad Piggies? That one needs some explaining. Looking to, um, piggyback on the success of Angry Birds, Bad Piggies is what Rovio hopes will be the company's next mega hit. While the main characters look familiar, don't expect the same type of game play. Your job in the Bad Piggies spinoff is to "create the ultimate flying machine and steer [the pigs] safely to their destination." The maps and 60 levels are different, the game play mechanics are different, and the objective is decidedly different. There's no slingshot, but what you will find are a bunch of pieces and parts that you must assemble in order to get the pigs... Read more...
There are two sides to every story, and if you ever felt yourself sympathizing with those egg thieving pigs in Angry Birds, developer Rovio has some good news. You'll be able to play a brand new Angry Birds game later this year from the point of view of the pigs. The goal will be to keep the eggs you snatched safe from those winged menaces that have gotten quite adept at destroying elaborate structures, and who have even learned to fly in space. It's not entirely clear how the mechanics of the game will work, though Rovio is planning to keep the catapult in play along with wooden and stone structures. The most likely scenario is that gamers will fling pigs at birds this time around, perhaps as... Read more...
It's all fun and games until someone gets hurt, or until someone uses a the same programming language behind one of the most popular mobile games of all time to construct one of the largest cyberweapons the world has ever seen. The folks at Fox News spoke with a number of cyber security experts who said that the sophisticated 'Flame' malware currently wreaking havoc in the Middle East was written in the LUA computer language, which happens to be the same language Rovio used to build Angry Birds. Small world, eh? Roel Schouwenberg, a senior security researcher with Kaspersky Labs, told Fox News that Flame is twenty times larger than previous cyberbombs, and immensely more powerful. So large, in... Read more...
Those Angry Birds everyone likes to fling at thieving pigs and shoddy structures have only been in space for three days, and in that time have already amassed more than 10 million downloads, Rovio announced on Twitter this morning. Angry Birds Space is latest title in the popular franchise, and it's gotten off to a far faster start than Angry Birds Rio, which took 10 days to log the same number of downloads. "10 million Angry Birds Space downloads in less than 3 days! Thanks to our fans, stay tuned form ore! #angrybirdsspace," Rovio posted to Twitter earlier today. Angry Birds Space was released simultaneously on iOS, Android, PC (Windows), and Mac. Unfortunately for Windows Phone users, it looks... Read more...
It's hard to overstate just how huge Angry Birds is as a franchise. Everything from games to clothes to toys -- the brand is enormous, and it's getting bigger. In fact, when the world has been dominated, there's really only one place to head: space. This week, Angry Birds Space has been released, representing the first integrated product launch for Rovio, the company in charge of the franchise. It's available for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android devices, as well as the Mac and PC, with PC retail copies to follow shortly. Angry Birds Space marks the first integrated entertainment launch for Rovio, with merchandise, animation and books available in retail at the same time as the game. "This... Read more...
One of the most dramatic shifts in portable gaming history has been the surge in popularity of smartphones and tablets in the past two years. In 2009, Android and iOS devices accounted for ~19 percent of game revenue. In 2010, their combined share nearly doubled, while estimates that the two platforms will account for 58 percent of gaming revenue in 2011... This shift, combined with the rising popularity of "freemium" distribution models in which much or all of a game's content is provided free of charge, while a subset of top-tier content is available for a nominal fee, has been hailed in some quarters as a sea change that'll ultimately rock the entire gaming industry and transform the way we... Read more...
One of the most dramatic shifts in portable gaming history has been the surge in popularity of smartphones and tablets in the past two years. In 2009, Android and iOS devices accounted for ~19 percent of game revenue. In 2010, their combined share nearly doubled, while Flurry Analytics estimates that the two platforms will account for 58 percent of gaming revenue in 2011. This shift, combined with the rising popularity of "freemium" distribution models in which much or all of a game's content is provided free of charge while a subset of top-tier content is available for a nominal fee, has been hailed in some quarters as a sea change that'll ultimately rock the entire gaming industry and... Read more...
They grow up so fast, don't they? We're of course talking about all those Angry Birds and thieving pigs who collectively turn two years old today. That's right, it's been 24 months to the day since the masses fell in love with Rovio's instant classic, and this love affair has led to the destruction of countless pigs and structures, we don't even want to attempt to calculate the wasted man/woman hours and lost productivity that Angry Birds has claimed. To celebrate the occasion, Rovio is serving up 15 new birthday cake levels, new menus and graphics, and special birthday achievements. There's more. "As a birthday gift to our fans, all episodes are now unlocked!," Rovio announced in a blog post.... Read more...
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