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Rovio Entertainment Limited
Type Private
Industry Video Games
Founded 2003 (as Relude)
2005 (as Rovio Mobile)
2011 (as Rovio Entertainment)
Founders Mikael Hed
Niklas Hed[1]
Headquarters Espoo, Finland[1]
Key people Mikael Hed, CEO
Teemu Suila, COO
Peter Vesterbacka, CMO
Products Angry Birds
Bad Piggies
Revenue €156 million (2013)[2]
Net income €26.9 million (2013)[2]
Owners Kaj Hed (70% owner)[3]
Employees 800 (April 2014)[2]
Divisions Futuremark Games Studio
Rovio Animation
Rovio Stars
Rovio LVL11
ToonsTV
Website rovio.com

Rovio Entertainment Limited, previously known as Relude and Rovio Mobile,[4] is a Finnish video game developer and entertainment company based in Espoo. The company was founded in 2003 as a mobile game development studio named Relude, and was officially renamed as Rovio[5] (Finnish for pyre) in 2005. The company is best known for creating the Angry Birds video game franchise.

History[edit]

Rovio Headquarters is in this office complex in Keilaniemi, Espoo.

In 2003, three students from Helsinki University of Technology (currently Aalto University School of Science), Niklas Hed, Jarno Väkeväinen, and Kim Dikert participated in a mobile game development competition at the Assembly demo party sponsored by Nokia and HP. A victory with a real-time multiplayer game called King of the Cabbage World compelled the trio to set up their own company, Relude. King of the Cabbage World was sold to Sumea (now known as Sumea Studios as part of Digital Chocolate), and renamed to Mole War, which became one of the first commercial real-time multiplayer mobile games in the world, the first one being Samurai Romanesque, a Japanese mobile MMOG released already in January 2001.

In January 2005, Relude received its first round of investment from a business angel, and the company changed its name to Rovio Mobile.[citation needed]

In December 2009, Rovio released Angry Birds, its 52nd game, a slingshot-puzzle game for the iPhone, where it reached No. 1 spot in the Apple App Store chart after six months, and remained charted for months after.[6] Angry Birds has since been downloaded over 1 billion times,[7] with paid downloads accounting for more than 25% of total downloads, making it one of the most sold games in the Apple App Store. On 9 May 2012, Rovio announced that its mobile game Angry Birds had reached its 1 billionth download.

In March 2011, Rovio raised $42 million in venture capital funding from Accel Partners, Atomico and Felicis Ventures.[8]

In July 2011, the company changed its name to Rovio Entertainment Ltd.[9] In June 2011, the company hired David Maisel to lead their 'Angry Bird' movie production.[10] By October 2011, Rovio purchased Kombo, a Helsinki-based animation company.[11] The animation studio was acquired to produce a series of short videos released in 2012.[12]

In March 2012, Rovio acquired Futuremark Game Studios, the game development division of benchmarking company Futuremark for an undisclosed sum.[13]

In July 2012, Rovio announced a distribution partnership with Activision to bring the first three Angry Birds titles to video game consoles and handhelds, in a collection named Angry Birds Trilogy. The title was released on September 25, 2012 (a port for the Wii and Wii U consoles was released in 2013).

On November 8, 2012, Rovio released Angry Birds Star Wars, an iteration of its popular game licensed from the Star Wars original trilogy, for mobile devices and PC.[14] Rovio partnered with Activision again to port the title to video game consoles and handhelds, with it being released on those platforms on October 29, 2013. A sequel, Angry Birds Star Wars II, based on the Star Wars prequel trilogy, was released on September 18, 2013.

In March 2013, Rovio launched its muliplatform ToonsTV channel starting with Angry Birds Toons.[15]

As of 2013, Rovio became a videogame publisher and is publishing third party games through their Rovio Stars program.[16]

In January 2014, it was revealed that their flagship series, Angry Birds, "leaked data" to third-party companies, perhaps even surveillance agencies like the NSA.[17] In retaliation, anti-NSA hackers defaced Rovio's website.[18]

As of May 2014, Rovio releases its non-Angry Birds titles under a new name, Rovio LVL11.[19] The first game published under this title is Retry[20] and the second is Selfie Slam.[21]

As of June 2014, Rovio considers themselves an entertainment and education company, not a mobile game company. This is reinforced by Rovio's merchandise and licensing business accounting for about half of its annual revenue of $216 million in 2013.[22]

In August 2014, Rovio announced that Mikael Hed will step down as CEO in January 2015 in favor of Pekka Rantala.[23] Hed will remain on Rovio's board and will be the chairman of Rovio Animation.

In October 2014, Mikael Hed announced that there would be 130 job losses at the company, after net profits halved in 2013.[24]

Divisions[edit]

ToonsTV[edit]

ToonsTV is a multiplatform channel owned by Rovio Entertainment. It is available via Rovio apps, video-on-demand providers, smart TVs and connected devices.[15] As of December 2014, its content was viewed more than four billion times.[25]

On March 16, 2013, ToonsTV was launched by Rovio starting with Angry Birds Toons.[15] It was followed by a Bad Piggies-based animated series Piggy Tales, which premiered on April 11, 2014.[26] The second season of Angry Birds Toons debuted on October 19, 2014,[27] and an animated series based on Angry Birds Stella came out on November 1, 2014.[28]

ToonsTV also streams a third-party content, including Graphic India/POW!/Stan Lee's Chakra: The Invincible series, at least four shows from Xilam Animation, National Geographic KidsAmazing Animals, Jim Henson's classic show Fraggle Rock and works from Hasbro Studios.[15]

Rovio Stars[edit]

As of 2013, Rovio became a video game publisher and is publishing third party games through their Rovio Stars program. The Rovio Stars games are Tiny Thief, Juice Cubes, and Plunder Pirates. Sky Punks is an upcoming game to be published by Rovio Stars.

Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage was a game published by Rovio Stars, but it is no longer published by mutual agreement with Nitrome in April 2014.[29]

Word Monsters was also a game published by Rovio Stars, but as of August 18, 2014, it is no longer published by them and is published by Raketspel.

Rovio LVL11[edit]

Rovio releases non-Angry Birds experimental games under their Rovio LVL11 arm. The Rovio LVL11 games are Retry and Selfie Slam. Retry is a clone of Flappy Bird with additional features and was released worldwide in October 2014.[30] In Selfie Slam the player takes a selfie and adds limbs to make an avatar, then uses the avatar to play a selection of mini-games, it soft launched in September 2014.[31]

Games[edit]

Developed by Rovio Entertainment[edit]

Year Title Platform(s)
Android iOS Mac WP PC
2009 Angry Birds Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
2010 Angry Birds Seasons Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
2011 Angry Birds Rio Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
2012 Angry Birds Space Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
2012 Amazing Alex Yes Yes No Yes No
2012 Bad Piggies Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
2012 Angry Birds Star Wars Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
2013 The Croods Yes Yes No No No
2013 Angry Birds Friends Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
2013 Angry Birds Star Wars II Yes Yes No Yes Yes
2013 Angry Birds Go! Yes Yes No Yes No
2014 Angry Birds Epic Yes Yes No Yes No
2014 Angry Birds Stella Yes Yes No Yes No
2014 Angry Birds Transformers Yes Yes No Yes No

Developed by Rovio LVL11[edit]

Year Title Platform(s)
Android iOS Mac WP PC
2014 Retry Yes Yes No No No
2014 Selfie Slam TBA Yes No No No

Published by Rovio Stars[edit]

Year Title Platform(s)
Android iOS Mac WP PC
2013 Tiny Thief Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
2013 Juice Cubes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
2014 Plunder Pirates TBA Yes No No No
2014 Sky Punks TBA Yes No No No

No longer published by Rovio Stars[edit]

Year Title Platform(s)
Android iOS Mac WP PC
2013 Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage Yes Yes No No No
2014 Word Monsters Yes Yes No No No

Developed by Rovio Mobile[edit]

  • Bounce Evolution - N900 (2009)
  • Bounce Tales - N-Gage (2009)
  • Bounce Touch - N-Gage
  • Bounce Boing Voyage - N-Gage (2008)
  • Burger Rush - J2ME
  • Burnout - J2ME (2007)
  • Collapse Chaos - J2ME
  • Cyber Blood - J2ME
  • Darkest Fear - iOS (2009), J2ME (2005)
  • Darkest Fear 2 - J2ME
  • Darkest Fear 3 - J2ME
  • Desert Sniper - J2ME (2006)
  • Dragon & Jade - J2ME
  • Formula GP Racing - J2ME
  • Gem Drop - J2ME (2008)
  • Marine Sniper - J2ME
  • Mole War - J2ME
  • Need for Speed: Carbon - J2ME (2006)
  • Paid to Kill - J2ME
  • Paper Planes - J2ME (2008)
  • Patron Angel - J2ME
  • Playman Winter Games - J2ME
  • Shopping Madness - J2ME (2008)
  • Space Impact: Meteor Shield - N97, J2ME
  • Star Marine - J2ME (2007)
  • Sumea Ski Jump - J2ME
  • Swat Elite Troops - J2ME
  • US Marine Corps Scout Sniper - J2ME (2006)
  • Totomi - iOS, Flash, J2ME
  • War Diary Burma - J2ME
  • War Diary Torpedo - J2ME
  • Wolfmoon - J2ME
  • X-Factor 2008 - J2ME

References[edit]

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  25. ^ "ToonsTV Hit 4 Billion Views". Rovio. December 16, 2014. Retrieved December 16, 2014. 
  26. ^ "A Brand-new Series Hits ToonsTV - Get Ready For the Piggy tales". Rovio. 11 April 2014. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  27. ^ RovioMobile (October 13, 2014). "Angry Birds Toons - Season 2 Trailer!". YouTube. Retrieved October 15, 2014. Angry Birds Toons Season 2 premiered Oct 19 on ToonsTV – with a new episode airing every week! 
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  31. ^ Selfie Slam is a collection of silly mini-games from Rovio that's in soft launch for iPad and iPhone

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