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Mikael Hed will be succeeded by Pekka Rantala, as CEO of Rovio, the Finland-based company behind the popular Angry Birds games. Previously, Mr. Rantala was CEO of Finnish beverage-maker Hartwell. He also had a 14-year stint with Nokia. Mr. Hed will continue to have a position in the Rovio board. Additionally, he has been appointed as chairman of Rovio Animation Studios. The CEO transition will happen by January 1, 2015.
Rovio has released Angry Birds Star Wars II. The game is available for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone 8 devices worldwide. Angry Birds Star Wars II is the sequel to the Angry Birds Star Wars game, and for the first time, lets players choose sides, where they can play as the bird or the pigs. There are also 30 telepods made available by toy-maker Hasbro, in collaboration with Rovio. These telepods are Angry Birds toys that can be 'teleported' into the online game as actual characters.
The Bad Piggies game from Rovio, makers of the Angry Birds franchise, just got a big update with 30 brand new 'Rise & Swine' levels! Rovio has added super glue, magnets and turbo charges as part of new power-ups – which you can either purchase or earn (by collecting desserts and feeding them to the King Pig). The update also introduces a grappling hook, which users can fire onto any surface to swing in the right direction. You will also find the Super Mechanic – the guy you call in when you need a 3-star ride! He builds the perfect machine every time, and he’s yours to earn or purchase, as well.
May the flock be with you! Activision Blizzard, in conjunction with Rovio and Lucasfilm, is bringing Angry Birds to consoles. The Angry Birds Star Wars game is expected to release on console gaming systems on October this year. The game will come with new levels, features, and platform-unique design elements, like multi-player modes. The Angry Birds Star Wars game will be available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Wii and Wii U, and Nintendo 3DS hand-held systems.
If you like Angry Birds, Star Wars, or Angry Birds Star Wars, there is good news for you. The Angry Birds Star Wars II is launching on September 19 across app stores worldwide. If you have always wanted to give in to the dark side, you can now. Only, its called the Pork side in the game. The new game will tackle the prequels, and introduce a new roster of Angry Birds Star Wars characters. You’ll get to play with over 30 of them, as a matter of fact! There will also be a line of over 30 telepods figures from Hasbro, says Rovio. Placing these figures onto your phone or tablet camera will scan your character of choice directly into the game, allowing you to select new...
The first episode of Angry Birds Toons will debut on March 17 across all Angry Birds apps, with a brand new cartoon airing the same time every weekend. Rovio is launching a video distribution channel across all of its Angry Birds game titles on smartphones and tablets. Mikael Hed (CEO, Rovio):We’ve long wanted to tell our fans the story of the Angry Birds and the Bad Piggies, to introduce their personalities and their world in detail. Angry Birds Toons will feature 52 episodes, with a new episode released each week, starting March 16th on TV broadcast and March 17th in all Angry Birds apps and on video-on-demand platforms. Rovio has also partnered with third-party distribution platforms to expand its global reach. An Angry Birds Toons channel will be available...
Rovio is moving beyond angry birds and errant pigs. The company is launching a new mobile game for iOS and Android, as well as a short animated clip, along with DreamWorks Animation, leading up to the 3D release of the studio's animated feature film The Croods. The Croods game will debut globally on iOS and Android on March 14th, and is free to play.
Angry Birds maker Rovio's YouTube channel views have crossed 1 billion. So what does the company do? Celebrate with the Harlem Shake on YouTube, of course! Check out the video:
And finally, it is here! Research in Motion, or rather Blackberry, officially unveiled BlackBerry 10 on Wednesday at events held simultaneously in New York, Toronto, London, Paris, Dubai, and Johannesburg. Thorsten Heins (President and CEO, BlackBerry): Today sees a re-invented BlackBerry launching an entirely new mobile experience. BlackBerry also unveiled two new LTE-enabled smartphones, the BlackBerry Z10 (all-touch) and BlackBerry Q10 (touch with physical keyboard). If you are looking to get your hands on one, you may have to wait a bit. The BlackBerry Z10 will hit US markets in March. Elsewhere in the world, the new Blackberry devices will be available immediately in UK, Canada, and UAE. BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 Smartphones The new BlackBerry 10 smartphones will come in both white as well as black models. The phones feature 1.5 Ghz...
How many Angry Birds did we get? About 30 million during Christmas alone, says Rovio; more than one billion in all. The Angry Birds franchise has more than a quarter billion monthly active users, as of December.
Rovio had 30 million downloads of their Angry Birds games during Christmas week (December 22-29) and, on Christmas Day, over 8 million downloads in 24 hours alone, says the company. 2012 has been an interesting year for Angry Birds, Rovio released four mobile games, developed two Facebook games, and reached more than a billion downloads. Upload: 01-12-13
Angry Birds Star Wars is now available on Facebook. You get the great Angry Birds Star Wars gameplay for free, plus you can compete against your friends to see who is the ultimate bird-flinger and Jedi Master. The game comes with five new levels every week, and features three power-ups: Blaster Droid, Saber Sling, and Thermal Detonator. Fans can also use the new Clone Bird ability to create a duplicate bird of their choice - perfect for tricky Upload: 01-01-13
What better way to celebrate the third anniversary of the release of Angry Birds, by unleashing flying pigs, angry birds and stolen pigs on the big screen? Rovio has signed Despicable Me producer John Cohen to do the honors as producer of an Angry Birds movie. David Maisel, former chairman of Marvel Studios and executive producer of Iron Man, will be executive producer of the feature film, coming to theaters in summer 2016. The film will be produced and financed by Rovio, outside the studio system, and the company will retain creative control. The upcoming movie marks Rovio Entertainment’s first foray into feature films.
Angry Birds Star Wars, the latest game from the Angry Birds franchise has been launched officially. The game follows a group of Rebel birds in their fight against the evil Imperial Pigs. Fans will use the Force, wield a Lightsaber, and blast away Pigtroopers on an intergalactic journey from the deserts of Tatooine to the depths of the Pig Star -- where they’ll face off against the terrifying Darth Vader, Dark Lord of the Pigs. Colum Slevin (Vice President, Head of Studio Operations, Lucasfilm): This is the kind of creative partnership that has helped Star Wars remain vibrant and beloved for over 35 years. With more than 80 levels in locations like Tatooine and the Pig Star, the game features hours and hours of engaging gameplay, new gameplay mechanics,...