Rovio Entertainment returned to profitable growth in 2016, which saw a record performance in the company’s Games division and the blockbuster release of The Anry Birds Movie. Gross revenue of Rovio grew by 34 percent to $200.29 million (converted from 190.3 mEUR). Earnings Before Interest and Taxes (EBIT) improved to $18.42 million (converted from 17.5 mEUR), which was negative $22.21 in 2015 (converted from -21.1 mEUR). [Read more...]
Rovio Entertainment, Apple, and the World Wildlife Fund are working together to support environmental efforts on the planet. From now until April 24, WWF will receive all proceeds from the in-app purchase of the WWF Pack in the Angry Birds 2 shop. The app is also supporting WWF’s conservation work with special content that highlights ocean protection, one of WWF’s key focus areas. The game now features a special spell and new themed level, where the flock of birds square off against overfishing pigs.
A new experience starring larger than life figures of larger than life Angry Birds – Red, Chuck and Bomb, will open at Madame Tussauds London in the run up to the release of The Angry Birds Movie. The digital experience will be in London from the end of April until July, before touring Madame Tussauds attractions around the world. [Read more...]
Angry Birds 2, the first sequel in the mobile game series Angry Birds, has arrived from Rovio. While retaining the popular slingshot format, the visuals and gameplay of Angry Birds 2 have been overhauled, with multiple stages in each level to go with new spells such as blizzards, magic ducks, and hot chili peppers.
“Play the Next Level” is the result of a social media competition hosted by Rovio and its partners and was one of the world’s largest user generated events with thousands of entries from all over the world. In its home nest in Finland, Rovio is hosting a BirdDay party for over 2,000 local children and gifting every baby born in Finland on December 11 with a special edition baby Flock outfit.
As part of the celebrations, Rovio is also hosting a Finnish hockey league match between Espoo Blues and Porin Ässät—the birds and the pigs.
Nook Media, a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble Inc., together with Rovio will make the upcoming Angry Birds Stella game available for fans to preview exclusively at Barnes & Noble stores from today to September 3. Angry Birds fans and Barnes & Noble customers can visit the Nook counter at any store nationwide to play the game on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook in-store demo devices.
Angry Birds Stella will launch on September 4 across all major platforms.
Hasbro Inc. will launch a new line that “teleports” physical characters into digital gaming and app experiences. The Telepods line uses patented new technology to allow kids to play in two ways: in the physical space and through full integration into top-tier apps. The Telepods play experience will first be available in a line released this August based on and fully integrated into the new app Angry Birds Star Wars II from Rovio Entertainment and Lucasfilm.
For the first time ever, Telepods lets players teleport Rebel Bird and Imperial Pig figures into the new Angry Birds Star Wars II app so they can choose which characters to launch. Following the release of Angry Birds Star Wars II, fans will be able to download the app, tap the Telepods icon in the app, place one of the more than 30 Angry Birds Star Wars figures on the included Telepods base, and then place the base on a smart device (not included) to immediately “teleport” that figure into the game.
Telepods are also the first digitally integrated toys designed with stand-alone playability in mind. An assortment of play sets will invite kids to launch their Rebel Bird figures in real life to destroy iconic Angry Birds Star Wars structures and topple the evil Pig Empire. Angry Birds Star Wars II will follow the story of the three prequel Star Wars movies. With the introduction of never seen before Angry Birds Star Wars characters, the player can for the first time in the history of Angry Birds choose to take the “Pork Side” and play as one of the green pigs. [Read more...]
Angry Birds designer Rovio is releasing a special version of the popular smartphone game app that will tie into the soon-to-be-released animated movie, Rio. In the version, called Angry Birds Rio, the Angry Birds are kidnapped and taken to Rio de Janeiro.
The app will be released in March, and the Twentieth Century Fox movie will open in theaters on April 15.