Finnish game Angry Birds sold over a million downloads over Christmas

Angry Birds was the international gaming phenomenon for mobile devices in 2010.

The Angry Birds game developed by the Finnish company Rovio Mobile was downloaded more than a million times from Apple’s App Store over Christmas. Launched in December 2009, the game has already been downloaded about 50 million times on devices around the world. Angry Birds has remained among the most popular games in the AppStore since Spring 2010.

Angry Birds has been featured, among others, by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Herald Tribune, Reuters, Bloomberg and the Conan O'Brian show. Originally designed for the iPhone and then developed for Android and Nokia mobile devices, Angry Birds will also be available on PCs and Macs in 2011, as well as the game consoles Xbox360 and Playstation3.

The game has turned Rovio from a small unknown company into a target for international acquisition. The company’s turnover in 2010 was about EUR 6 million, with good profitability, and its workforce is expected to increase from 40 to 100 this year.

With Angry Birds soft toys already in production, Rovio’s managing director Mikael Hed has a vision of a film featuring the characters from the game, which he hopes will prove to be as popular as Nintendo’s long-lasting Super Mario character.

Source: Helsingin Sanomat