Rovio responds to reports of NSA taking advantage of leaky apps
Several news agencies on Monday reported that the National Security Agency and its U.K. counterpart (Britain's Government Communications Headquarters) have been working together to collect data from dozens of so-called "leaky" smartphone apps, including Rovio's popular Angry Birds game. Top secret documents claim these apps transmit all kinds of user information over the web, which spy agencies scoop up and store. Having been called out specifically by several reports, Rovio issued a statement denying it collaborates with any spying organization.
Can't get enough Angry Birds in your gaming diet? We find that hard to believe, but just in case, Rovio is planning to launch Angry Birds Star Wars II on September 19, 2013. The upcoming Angry Birds Star Wars title will take on the prequels, a path that opens the door to over 30 new characters, all of which you'll be able to play, Rovio says. And new to this edition, you'll have the option of joining the Pork Side.
If your two favorite things in this world are Star Wars and Angry Birds, brace yourself because we're about to blow your mind. The two mega franchises are joining forces, so to speak, in a new game appropriately called Angry Birds Star Wars, and it's launching next month! According to Rovio, the upcoming title will combine the elements from Angry Birds and Angry Birds Space with the characters, stories, and settings of the Star Wars universe.
If you always thought the egg-stealing pigs in Rovio's incredibly popular Angry Birds series got a bad wrap, don't worry, you're not bacon up the wrong tree. Come September 27, Rovio invites you to go hog wild in "Bad Piggies," an Angry Birds spinoff that "turns the franchise on its head" and lets you play as one of the pigs. The title will feature brand new gameplay, and Rovio promises there isn't a slingshot in sight.
Coming out of left field (from a 'fowl' hit? *groan*) is Rovio Entertainment's announcement that it has acquired Futuremark Games Studio, the gaming arm of benchmarking software developer Futuremark. Rovio, of course, is the developer behind the hugely popular Angry Birds franchise, which was just recently launched into space in the latest multi-platform installment, Angry Birds Space.
News flash: Angry Birds is a huge hit. Alright, so maybe that isn't much of a news flash, but if you're curious as to just how popular it has become to fling birds at green pigs, castles, and other objects, then check this out. According to Rovio, Angry Birds has notched over 140 million downloads, which is higher than the population of Japan. And according to Rovio CEO Peter Vesterbacka, a big reason for the game's success is the iPhone.
Rovio, the Finnish developer of the Angry Birds mobile game franchise has announced a new installment of the popular bird launching game. Before you get your hopes up, the new Angry Birds Magic will only be available on Nokia phones running the newest "Anna" update, and will require users to interact with NFC tags to unlock levels.
Our insane stat of the day involves Rovio's Angry Birds Rio app, which has been downloaded a whopping 10 million times in just 10 days following its March 22 release. That includes downloads for both iOS and Android. Angry Birds Rio is a $0.99 download via iOS, but was made available for free on Android through an agreement with Amazon on its new Appstore for Android.
What's this, a Facebook game that doesn't suck? That's what you're going to get with Rovio's popular Angry Birds, which is flying to Facebook later this year. It seems only fitting that one of the most popular casual games on the market is pairing with the biggest social networking site on the planet. So what can you can expect from the Facebook version?
In a recent interview with Google's AdMob, Rovio's Peter Vesterbacka said they expect to net about $1 million every month from the advertising supported Android version of Angry Birds. The free game has been downloaded 5-7 million times since it launched just over 1 month ago. That's a lot of ads being served. On the iPhone, where Angry Birds started out, the app is a paid download with 12 million sales.
Vesterbacka also dropped some juicy stats on us in his chat with AdMob. Rovio is seeing an 80% retention rate, meaning that 80% of users continue updating the app, as opposed to removing it. Vesterbacka says they take great notice of these sorts of figures. It was not Rovio's intention to just make a "throwaway app" that they released and never updated. So they encourage users to keep playing by releasing updates.
Rovio is expected to offer Android users a payment option to remove the ads in the near future. We hope they continue being so forthcoming with their revenue when that is rolled out. Do you think they will continue seeing huge earnings from Angry Birds over time?