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In Rovio And Supercell’s Wake, Finland’s Gaming Scene Sees A Renaissance | TechCrunch

In Rovio And Supercell’s Wake, Finland’s Gaming Scene Sees A Renaissance | TechCrunch | Finland | Scoop.it

Somehow, 2013 marked the year that Helsinki became a global gaming capital in its own right.

Maybe it was because Supercell, a humble gaming studio that started back in 2010, blossomed into a $3 billion company in less than a year.

Or maybe it was when Rovio announced the two billionth download for Angry Birds with a dubstep dance on-stage from the Finnish National Ballet. Or...

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These 12 Startups Prove Angry Birds Isn't The Only Hot Tech Product To Come Out Of Finland

These 12 Startups Prove Angry Birds Isn't The Only Hot Tech Product To Come Out Of Finland | Finland | Scoop.it

The Angry Birds game maker is insanely successful and has been the subject of IPO rumors since early 2011. Some have suggested the company may file its IPO next year. 

But Finland has a number of other promising startups, thanks in part to government support of young companies in the country. 

Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, has invested more than $66 million in the gaming industry since 1995. 

Last year, Tekes invested about $180 million in startups. 

 

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fastcompany: At Rovio HQ in Espoo, Finland, we get a sneak peek…

fastcompany: At Rovio HQ in Espoo, Finland, we get a sneak peek… | Finland | Scoop.it
fastcompany: At Rovio HQ in Espoo, Finland, we get a sneak peek at “Bad Piggies,” where the egg-gobbling (now likable) swine rule the roost and not an Angry Bird is in sight. “We consider this the launch of a new.
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Bloomberg: Rovio spurns mega offer

Bloomberg: Rovio spurns mega offer | Finland | Scoop.it
Bloomberg reports that Angry Birds maker Rovio rejected a two billion dollar
acquisition offer from Zynga, a social game development company based in San
Francisco.
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Angry Birds needs longer to hatch IPO

Angry Birds needs longer to hatch IPO | Finland | Scoop.it
The Finnish creator of the global smash-hit, Angry Birds computer game will not join the stock market this year but still aims to eventually seek a listing, its marketing chief said.

 

Angry Birds, in which players use a slingshot to attack pigs that try to steal the birds' eggs, has been downloaded more than 600 million times since its 2009 launch and turned small Finnish gaming firm Rovio into an enterprise valued at up to $9bn.

"We are not in a rush. This year is way too early for an IPO, there are too many open things, and we are in a very early stage of the Angry Birds lifecycle," marketing chief Peter Vesterbacka told Reuters.

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Rovio setting up new development studio in Tampere - Pocket Gamer.Biz

 What does Rovio have cooking for 2012?

There are plenty of rumours, but the news that the Helsinki-based developer is opening up another Finnish development location suggests its ambition stretches beyond merchandising deals and movies.

As announced on the company's blog, the new studio is being set up in Tampere, which is the third largest city in Finland and 150 km north of the capital.

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Angry Birds maker eyes 2013 Hong Kong IPO: report

Angry Birds maker eyes 2013 Hong Kong IPO: report | Finland | Scoop.it

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finnish gaming firm Rovio, creator of Angry Birds, the world's most popular computer game, is planning an initial public offering on the Hong Kong stock exchange in 2013, Finnish weekly Tekniikka&Talous reported on Friday...

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Wife of Rovio boss turns up to the palace wearing an Angry Birds dress

Wife of Rovio boss turns up to the palace wearing an Angry Birds dress | Finland | Scoop.it
This fetching ball gown graced the Finnish Presidential Palace yesterday bearing the unmistakable logo of the hit smartphone game.

 

Teija Vesterbacka, the wife of Peter Vesterbacka, head of Rovio, the company that makes Angry Birds

 

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Breaking: Angry Birds Cross 500 Million Downloads

Breaking: Angry Birds Cross 500 Million Downloads | Finland | Scoop.it

We got an exclusive tip from the Mighty Eagle itself, that Rovio will be announcing something new at this year's Slush. The tip held through, as Mikael Hed, the CEO of the company made the announcement on stage through a video; Angry Birds has now been downloaded more than 500 million times. That's one hell of a milestone.

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Angry Birds Developer Rovio Worth "Billions" Says Company Executive - The Inquisitr

Angry Birds Developer Rovio Worth "Billions" Says Company Executive - The Inquisitr | Finland | Scoop.it

Rovio, the mastermind gaming company behind the Angry Birds franchise which is played by millions of mobile and online gamers is worth billions of dollars, at...

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Who's Got Game? - WSJ

Who's Got Game? - WSJ | Finland | Scoop.it
India's gamers and mobile-phone companies are betting that the rest of the world's fascination with mobile-phone games and applications will catch on here, and are looking for a cricket-based game that could become all the rage like Angry Birds (a game developed by Finland-based Rovio Mobile).
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Is Finland more than just Nokia and Rovio?

Is Finland more than just Nokia and Rovio? | Finland | Scoop.it
On a tour of the tech scene in Finland, we try and see if this country is more than just Nokia and Angry Birds' Rovio. The answer might surprise you.
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Angry birds Flocks to China Both Online and Offline | TechNode

Angry birds Flocks to China Both Online and Offline | TechNode | Finland | Scoop.it
Angry Birds is becoming a crazy bird. Currently, Finnish company Rovio, the mobile application gaming sensation that created Angry Birds, disclosed that they are setting up a Chinese team to open its first store in China.
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Rovio reveals Angry Birds Playground education program | Apps Playground

Rovio reveals Angry Birds Playground education program | Apps Playground | Finland | Scoop.it

Can children learn from Angry Birds? Learn more than which angles to ping birds at pigs, we mean. The games’ developer Rovio thinks they can.

Today, it’s unveiled something called Angry Birds Playground, a “learning concept” based on the national curriculum in the company’s home country of Finland, but designed to be used around the world. It was originally announced last year, aimed at 3-8 year-olds.

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Angry Birds Will Never Die. Now There's A Movie In The Works.

Angry Birds Will Never Die. Now There's A Movie In The Works. | Finland | Scoop.it
Sony clearly has a lot of faith in the brand. The movie isn't slated to hit theaters until July 2016.

The move is the latest in Rovio’s quest for Angry Birds world domination. In addition to the seven Angry Birds games (including Angry Birds Seasons and Angry Birds Star Wars) there are Angry Birdsbooks, Angry Birds merchandise and an Angry Birds cartoon. Rovio unveiled the in-game animated shorts in March and so far the toons have been viewed 150 million times.

It’s amazing that such a simple game is spawning such a vast franchise. Who would have thought that throwing birds with a slingshot would result in a business worth hundreds of millions of dollars?

Ulla M. Saikku's insight:

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Today I want to little bit introduce about Angry birds, so many people know about the angry bird but they didn’t know about which country made angry bird that country is Finland! And these days day making a movie about angry birds! Isn’t it interesting?

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Rovio to launch new game after 'Angry Birds' success

Rovio to launch new game after 'Angry Birds' success | Finland | Scoop.it
Finnish entertainment media company Rovio, creator of the global hit game "Angry Birds", said Friday it will launch successor "Amazing Alex", a remake of an existing idea, this year.
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Scandimania: Adventures in Finnish games, part one

Scandimania: Adventures in Finnish games, part one | Finland | Scoop.it

It’s unlikely there’s a national games trade more relevant to the fast-changing face of publishing on earth. This is not a industry making triple-A games, but rather seeking growth off the back of the rise of digital distribution and mobile. Whether or not digital is the way forward over brick and mortar retail isn’t a discussion in Finland. It happened: digital won.  http://www.vg247.com/2012/02/03/scandimania-adventures-in-finnish-games-part-one/

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Angry Birds get sweeter

Angry Birds get sweeter | Finland | Scoop.it

Finland's largest confectionary company, Fazer, has signed a deal with Rovio Entertainment to produce sweets based on its hit mobile game Angry Birds.

The characters and flavours will come from the Angry Birds world, and the birds’ characters will show and taste in the products. The confectionary, which will be in shops by June, will be introduced in more detail in March.

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Rovio's Angry Birds illustrates a good point: never take fun for granted - The Economic Times

Rovio's Angry Birds illustrates a good point: never take fun for granted - The Economic Times | Finland | Scoop.it
Riding on its fun-filled growth, Rovio will release a whole bunch of new Angry Birds games in 2012, along with several animations and new books.

Fun is Peter Vesterbacka's favourite word. Vesterbacka is the Mighty Eagle at Rovio Mobile, and if you look closely you may see an arguable resemblance...

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Angry Birds Says It's Bigger In Mobile Ads Than Google

Angry Birds Says It's Bigger In Mobile Ads Than Google | Finland | Scoop.it

Rovio, the company behind Angry Birds, delivers 10 billion advertising impressions each month, Rovio's chief marketing officer Peter Vesterbacka told us last week at the IGNITION conference.

Vesterbacka says Rovio is the world's largest mobile ad publisher, bigger than Google which runs ads on all its mobile apps and mobile search results.

Read more: http://articles.businessinsider.com/2011-12-05/tech/30476835_1_rovio-mobile-search-zynga#ixzz1fvSHWLFb

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World's First "Angry Birds" Shop Opens in Finland - CRIENGLISH.com

World's First "Angry Birds" Shop Opens in Finland - CRIENGLISH.com | Finland | Scoop.it
 The world's first "Angry Birds" specialty shop of Finnish game company Rovio opened in Finnish Capital Helsinki on Friday, attracting numerous "Angry Birds" fans to visit.
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Angry Birds maker Rovio taps Seattle's Medio - The Seattle Times (blog)

Angry Birds maker Rovio taps Seattle's Medio - The Seattle Times (blog) | Finland | Scoop.it

Rovio, the Finnish company behind the hit game "Angry Birds," is going to use Medio's predictive analytics technology to analyze the mountain of data generated by players...

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Angry Birds developer Rovio gets into baby products | Technology | Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Can an Angry Bird keep your baby safe and warm?

Angry Birds developer Rovio is getting into baby products after the Finnish company's foray into toys paid off.
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The Angry Birds Feature Film: It's Really Happening

The Angry Birds Feature Film: It's Really Happening | Finland | Scoop.it
Until now, all the haughty talk of a full-length feature film was just that. A lot of talk. And perhaps a clever media strategy too.

Rovio, the Finnish game developer behind Angry Birds– the mobile game about vengeful birds and greedy pigs that has spread, like bird flu, from Helsinki to the iPhone, Android, iPad, Web and soon, to Facebook– has three choice topics when speaking to the media.
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Inside the Angry Birds nest – Tour of Rovio HQ

Inside the Angry Birds nest – Tour of Rovio HQ | Finland | Scoop.it
We go inside the Angry Birds nest, as we go on a tour of the Rovio headquarters.
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