Rovio has formally launched mobile game publishing initiative Rovio Stars, its first excursion into offering third-party gaming titles. Rovio said that Stars can introduce third-party developers’ games to “a massive audience while supporting you with world-class marketing and PR”. “Our post-production services and extensive know-how take your game to all the relevant app stores, while our expert game teams can mentor you on fine-tuning your game and turning it into a blockbuster,” it added. Rovio said it is looking for games that appeal to all ages and are already in an advanced stage of production (already in alpha or playable format). The first game to be published under the programme will be Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage by Nitrome, followed by 2D puzzle game Tiny Thief by 5 Ants (which was first reported to be joining Rovio in January).Read This Post
Rovio’s Bad Piggies game has become the latest title to integrate Everyplay social video, allowing players to record and share in-game moments. Everyplay said that gamers have already embraced their service, sharing around 1.5 replays from Bad Piggies every minute on the Everyplay social network. Jussi Laakkonen, founder and CEO of Everyplay parent company Applifier, added that more than 50 games in total now integrate Everyplay, just six months after launch, with more than 100,000 replays already shared.Read This Post
One of the frustrating things about playing Angry Birds games on different devices is the lack of synchronisation across them: scores, unlocked levels and so on.
Now Rovio is changing that with a new feature called Rovio Account, which made its global debut in the company’s official game for movie The Croods, and is also available in the original Angry Birds game on iOS in Finland and Poland.
It will be a welcome feature for players. Apple’s iCloud is the usual method for such synchronisation on iOS, but doesn’t support other platforms (and even on iOS, it has a few problems).Read This Post
Facebook game Angry Birds Friends will launch on iOS and Android this Thursday (May 2). Angry Birds Friends was launched in February 2012 as a collaboration between Facebook and Rovio. It has since picked up 60m installs and has 15m monthly active users, according to Facebook.Read This Post
Rovio has appointed Jami Laes as its new EVP of Games, with his role including a focus on international development in China and Japan for the Angry Birds developer.
Laes joins from EA’s Playfish social games division, where he’d worked as VP of global studios since August 2011.
His mobile games career started off at Finnish developer Sumea in April 2004, including roles as global VP of studios at Digital Chocolate, which acquired Sumea in February 2007.
That means Laes goes back a long way with Sumea’s co-founder Ilkka Paananen, who nowadays is heading up Supercell – the Finnish firm whose $2.4m -a-day success is currently giving Rovio something to think about.Read This Post
Rovio has published its financial results for 2012, revealing that its revenues increased 101% year-on-year to €152.2m, while its net profits grew 57% to €55.5m.
The Angry Birds games attracted 263m monthly active players in December 2012, while the franchise went on to pass 1.7bn total downloads by March 2013.
Rovio says that 45% of its 2012 revenues came from its consumer products division, up from 30% in 2011. That means sales of Angry Birds merchandise and other spin-offs more than tripled to €68.5m last year.Read This Post
Rovio released its latest non-Angry Birds game yesterday: The Croods. It’s a freemium strategy game based on DreamWorks Animation’s latest movie, starring a prehistoric family.
The game looks polished, but its use of in-app purchases could be a problem-in-waiting for Rovio. The in-game store sells virtual coins and crystals in quantities costing between £2.99 and £39.99.
It may not reach the heights of the £69.99 IAP tiers in other children’s games like Playmobil Pirates, Temple Run: Oz and National Geographic’s Dino Land, but Rovio needs to be cautious.Read This Post
Ever wondered what you would look like as a prehistoric person? No, us neither. But for anyone who has harboured such a fantasy help is at hand, thanks to the Crood-ify app. The app, which ties into forthcoming DreamWorks film The Croods, allows users to upload a picture to be “Crood-ified”, with users able to choose skin tone, hair colour and background pic. The results can then be shared on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.Read This Post
Rovio has announced that its Angry Birds Toons series of animated shorts will make its long-awaited debut on the weekend of 16-17 March, with the company’s own apps the key element in the cartoon’s distribution.
An update to all existing Angry Birds games and apps will install a button on their homescreen for people to access the Angry Birds Toons channel, with Rovio planning to release 52 episodes – one a week over the next year.
Rovio also announced yesterday that the Angry Birds games are now past the 1.7bn downloads mark, buoyed by the company’s decision to make the original Angry Birds game free to download on iOS last week.Read This Post