|Founded||2003 (as Relude)
2005 (as Rovio Mobile)
2011 (as Rovio Entertainment)
|Key people||Mikael Hed, CEO
Teemu Suila, COO
Peter Vesterbacka, CMO
|Revenue||€152.2 million (2012)|
|Net income||€55.5 million (2012)|
|Owner(s)||Kaj Hed (70% owner)|
|Employees||650 (July 2013)|
Rovio Entertainment Limited, previously known as Relude and Rovio Mobile, 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 (Finnish for bonfire) in 2005. The company is best known for creating the Angry Birds video game franchise.
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. In retaliation, anti-NSA hackers defaced Rovio's website. Rovio is considered one of the most successful startups of all time, according to market valuation, revenue, growth and cultural impact.
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 the first commercial real-time multiplayer mobile game in the world.
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. Angry Birds has since been downloaded over 1 billion times, 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.
In July 2011, the company changed its name to Rovio Entertainment Ltd. In June 2011, the company hired David Maisel to lead their Angry Bird movie production. By October 2011, Rovio purchased Kombo, a Helsinki-based animation company. The animation studio was acquired to produce a series of short videos to be released in 2012.
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. 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.
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 Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage, Tiny Thief and Juice Cubes.
ToonsTV is a multiplatform channel owned by Rovio Entertainment. It is available via Rovio apps, video-on-demand providers, smart TVs and connected devices.
On March 16, 2013, ToonsTV was launched by Rovio starting with Angry Birds Toons. In September 2013, Rovio announce another Angry Birds Toons season in 2014, two Angry Birds spin offs in development, Bad Piggies and Stella (the pink bird) and additional provider of content. Graphic India/POW!/Stan Lee's Chakra the Invincible! series, at least three shows from Xilam Animation, National Geographic Kids’ Amazing Animals, classic show Fraggle Rock and works from Hasbro Studios.
Games developed by Rovio Entertainment
|2010||Angry Birds Seasons||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|2011||Angry Birds Rio||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|2012||Angry Birds Space||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|2012||Angry Birds Star Wars||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|2012||Angry Birds Friends||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|2013||Angry Birds Star Wars II||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|2013||Angry Birds Go!||Yes||Yes||No||No|
Games published by Rovio Stars
|2013||Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage||No||Yes||No||No|
Games developed by Rovio Mobile
- 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
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