Angry Birds maker Rovio buys Finnish rival

28/03/2012

Angry Birds maker Rovio has bought Futuremark Games Studio for an undisclosed sum. Futuremark Games Studio, formed in January 2008 and also based in Finland, is known for games such as Unstoppable Gorg, Hungribles, and Shattered Horizon.

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"They are an incredibly talented and experienced team, and we are thrilled to have them on board," Rovio CEO Mikael Hed said in a statement. "Rovio's success is founded on the excellence of our team, and Futuremark Games Studio is going to be a superb addition."

This is the second acquisition for Rovio in less than a year. The game maker last summer picked up Finnish animation studio Kombo for an undisclosed amount. Rovio is rapidly expanding its footprint in entertainment, publishing, animation and retail, and said it would continue seeking to grow its team.

Meanwhile, Futuremark's CEO, Jukka Mäkinen, said his company will continue to focus on supporting gamers and the industry with its 3DMark benchmarking software, used to test the performance of games across operating systems.

"I am proud to see the potential of our talented games team recognized by Rovio," Mäkinen said.

The acquisition of the studio - known for its space-games Unstoppable Gorg and Shattered Horizon - comes a week after Rovio launched its latest Angry Birds Space game.

Its new game was downloaded more than 10 million times within first three days, topping the sales charts on Apple platforms in 104 countries.

Rovio has been valued at up to $9 billion little more than two years after it first launched Angry Birds for Apple's iPhone.

Angry Birds games have been downloaded more than 700 million times and are the fastest-growing games on Facebook.

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