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Rovio CEO Stepping Down

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Rovio, the studio behind Angry Birds, has announced that its CEO, Pekka Rantala, has stepped down. This is after only about a year in the position. He will be replaced by Kati Levoranta, former chief legal officer of the Angry Birds franchise. Read More

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Lightneer Launches as Angry Birds Cuts Its Education Division

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“The world caught us off-guard,” says the website of game startup Lightneer. Lightneer is the new learning-game company founded just as Angry Birds developer Rovio restructured. The comment refers to the fast pace of change in the game industry, but it sounds as if it could also refer to Rovio’s decision to close down its education division and cut more than 200 jobs. Read More

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Rovio, Makers of Angry Birds, To Cut 260 Jobs

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Despite the success of the recently released mobile game Angry Birds 2, Finnish game company Rovio is making some major cutbacks. In the coming months, Rovio will “restructure and concentrate its activities around three primary business areas: games, media and consumer products,” according to a new press release issued by the company. At least 260 employees will be losing their jobs. Read More

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Angry Birds 2 Set for Release on July 30

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The immensely popular Angry Birds game will get its first official sequel. Angry Birds 2 will be released on July 30. I know what you’re thinking. This is a sequel? What about all the gazillion different versions out there? Aren’t those sequels? No, apparently not. Since the original game, which launched in 2009, there have been 11 spinoffs. Some of these feature movie licenses (like Angry Birds Rio), others change up the environment (like Angry Birds Space). Read More