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Miyamoto: 'I Wish That I Had Come Up With Angry Birds'

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Jonathan Lester
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Angry Birds, Nintendo, Rovio, Shigeru Miyamoto

Miyamoto: 'I Wish That I Had Come Up With Angry Birds'

Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto has waxed lyrical about Rovio's Angry Birds, suggesting that it represents an intuitive balance between accessibility and precision. Plus, he wishes that he'd thought of the idea in the first place.

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Rovio Keen To Make Angry Birds A "Long-Lasting Global Brand"

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Angry Birds, Angry Birds Space, Mobile games, MWC 2012, Rovio, Transmedia
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Rovio Keen To Make Angry Birds A "Long-Lasting Global Brand"

Not content with short-term world domination, Rovio are keen for Angry Birds to become a "long-lasting, global brand". According to CEO Peter Vesterbacka, the company is looking extensively into transmedia opportunities, "learning every day", and that there's "more to come".

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Rovio: Piracy 'Can Get Us More Business At The End Of The Day'

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Angry Birds, Piracy, Rovio

Rovio: Piracy 'Can Get Us More Business At The End Of The Day'

Rovio's chief executive Mikael Hed has suggested that there are ways to make piracy work for the companies involved, in an address at the Midem conference in Cannes yesterday.

Rovio are no strangers to the problems of piracy, but Hed suggests that the games industry takes note of the "rather terrible ways" that the music industry has tried (and continues to try - Ed.) to combat piracy.

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Angry Birds Topple 6.5 Million Christmas Day Downloads

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Felix Kemp
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News
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Angry Birds, Mobile games, Rovio

Angry Birds Topple 6.5 Million Christmas Day Downloads

That's Triple 2010's Haul

While I'm not at all surprised by Angry Bird's success - its deceptively addictive and elegant in its simplicity - I am sort of surprised by this particular bit of news. According to The Wall Street Journal, over 6.5 million users downloaded Angry Birds on Christmas Day, tripling last year's haul. Of course, it's Christmas, and capital is duly shared across families on the most festive day of the year.

But who the hell hasn't played Angry Birds yet? An ignorant statement, yes, but the sheer pace at which Angry Birds and mobile gaming in particular expands is phenomenal. Becoming something of a cultural convention now, mega-rich publisher Rovio has an Angry Birds film in the works, a slew of plush toys and even obscure advertizing partnerships - luxury pistachio nuts; really? Can they lead the charge for mobile gaming to become the dominant platform on the market? Only time will tell. [The Wall Street Journal]

Angry Birds Dev To Form Indie Publishing Label

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Felix Kemp
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News
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Angry Birds, Indie Games, Rovio

Angry Birds Dev To Form Indie Publishing Label

Rovio Takes Flight

You might not know their name, but you've almost certainly played their all-conquering mobile spectacular, Angry Birds. The swine-punishing title has amassed over 350 million downloads to date, and filled Rovio's pockets with so much money that they're planning to extend their business to independent publishing.

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Angry Birds Aiming For One Billion Fans

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Jonathan Lester
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Rovio have turned Angry Birds into a casual juggernaut - and rather than expand into new franchises, they've decided to put all of their eggs in the same nest. Apparently they aspire to gain a billion fans for the series: a lofty goal as well as a sixth of the world's population.

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Angry Birds Dev Looking At "Every Console", Favours Wii U

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Felix Kemp
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Angry Birds | Wii U

App store success story Angry Birds has spread its wings across a number of platforms now, from iPhones to Androids, e-readers and even internet browsers. The big question, however, is whether Rovio will port their catapulting kamikazes onto home consoles. The company haven't been afraid to criticize the likes of Microsoft and Nintendo in the past, but have today told Eurogamer they're looking at "every console" for a potential Angry Birds port, dubbing Nintendo's upcoming Wii U a "natural match".

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Angry Birds Topples 200 Million Downloads

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Felix Kemp
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News
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Angry Birds, Apps, Games news, Windows Phone 7

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Angry Birds' success has been nothing less than phenomenal, so it's of no surprise to hear it's whistled past the two hundred million downloads mark. The swine-hating, structure-toppling puzzler, which began life on Apple's iPhone, had already netted twelve million downloads on the App Store alone, but publisher Rovio expanded the brand to desktops, home consoles and even Apple rival, the Windows Phone 7. This cross-platform blitz yielded much fruit; two hundred million fruit, to be precise.

Angry Birds' creator, Peter Vesterbacka, announced the news on-stage at Rovio event yesterday, championing the news by throwing a large rock at trussed-up pig - only joking PETA. Vesterbacka also revealed the browser-based Angry Birds - released just a week ago - has already averaged five million web downloads. The continued success of Angry Birds demonstrates just how resilient the casual market is; which is sure to shock a few industry figures who don't fancy the industry much. [Joystiq]

Angry Birds Free To Play In HTML5

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Jonathan Lester
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Angry Birds, Chrome, Games news, Rovio

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Productivity is set to plummet to major new lows today, as Rovio have announced that Angry Birds is now free to play in HTML5 over at the Chrome Web Store.

Speaking at the Google I/O developer conference in San Fransisco, Rovio head Peter Vesterbacka explained that the core game is free to download and play, with Microtransactions (such as the Mighty Eagle) providing the standard monetization aspect. The Chrome version includes exclusive levels and content including the "Chrome Dimension" which becomes unlocked after the first few levels are completed. Note that the project is still in beta - and contains a couple of nasty bug reports that are being investigated and squashed as we speak. [CNET]

In comparison with the c. 30% share of profits taken by Apple and Microsoft for apps bought from their stores, Google only insist on a meagre 5 per cent - meaning that the Web Store will become an increasingly attractive marketplace for indie studios.

Are you clicking through to Angry Birds right now? Or, heaven forbid, are you getting slightly bored of the whole thing? Let us know in the comments!

Angry Birds Developer Suggests Console Games Are 'Dying'

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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Angry Birds, Casual Games, News, Peter Vesterbacka, Rovio

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Rovio's Peter Vesterbacka, whose mobile title Angry Birds recently crossed 100 million downloads, spoke over the weekend at SXSW outlining his views on how the mobile platform has reinvigorated the gaming sphere, providing far more opportunities for developers to innovate. Using  the far lower costs and greatly reduced development times to support his point, he suggested that this was largely down to mobile gaming companies being far more 'nimble' than their larger counterparts, and that as mobile games continue to grow, the console game is 'dying'.

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