Story about Angry Birds – I am fascinated by success stories and what is more suitable to share than the story of Angry Birds. I have a son that constantly plays it and once in a while I even sit there myself trying to smash the mean piggies. (the pigs was in fact created because of the 2009 swine flu epidemic). So here you are, the short story of Rovio, the creator of the most downloaded game on App Store.
In 2003, three students from Helsinki University of Technology (currently Aalto University School of Science), Niklas Hed, Jarno Väkeväinen, and Kim Dikert participated in a mobile game development competition at the Assembly demo party sponsored by Nokia and HP. A victory with a real-time multiplayer game called King of the Cabbage World compelled the trio to set up their own company, Relude. King of the Cabbage World was sold to Sumea (now known as Sumea Studios as part of Digital Chocolate), and renamed to Mole War, which became the first commercial real-time multiplayer mobile game in the world.
In January 2005, Relude received its first round of investment from a business angel, and the company changed its name to Rovio Mobile.
In December 2009 Rovio released Angry Birds and has since then been downloaded over 1 billion times, with paid downloads accounting for more than 25% of total downloads, making it the most sold games in the Apple App Store!
Rovio has launched eight blockbuster games so far for different platforms: Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons, Angry Birds Rio, Angry Birds Space, Angry Birds Friends, Amazing Alex, Bad Piggies and Angry Birds Star Wars.
Following this success in mobile gaming, Angry Birds has expanded rapidly in entertainment, publishing, and licensing to become a beloved international brand. Rovio has grown alongside Angry Birds, and the multifaceted entertainment house currently employs more than 500 professionals in its headquarters in Espoo, Finland, and offices in Tampere, the United States, China, and Sweden.
Rovio’s reach extends far beyond Finnish borders, with current employees representing more than 30 nationalities. As a rapidly growing company with plenty of opportunities for go-getters, the company is especially attractive to young people who are ready to show their mettle. Rovio regularly brings new talent to the field through training programs, partly in cooperation with universities.
Rovio has created a world-class entertainment industry in Finland and turned it into a significant local employer. With an open organizational culture that welcomes new ideas and suggestions for improvements at all levels, Rovio is constantly looking to innovate and grow along with its employees.
Meet the characters & history: http://www.angrybirdstees.com/angry-birds-bio-history-and-characters.html
Official website: http://www.rovio.com/