Rovio Is Now Developing Third-Party Games Through Rovio Stars Program
Rovio, the company behind Angry Birds, is now developing games for third party companies. The first couple of games that Rovio is developing are Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage (Nitrome Ltd.) and Tiny Thief (5 Ants). Both games will be coming soon on iOS. Tiny Thief will also launch on Android. This will give the two games major visibility considering that Rovio is unofficially considered a “white-listed” company with Apple.
“Icebreaker follows the adventure of a lone Viking, combining a unique ice slicing mechanic with an offbeat humor,” stated Rovio. “Tiny Thief is a beautiful medieval adventure featuring stealth-based puzzles.”
Rovio EVP of games Jami Lae said that Rovio Stars was a “logical step” since the company has turned into a powerhouse of mobile entertainment with over 1.7 billion downloads. Developers that want to be a part of Rovio Stars can apply here.
Earlier this month, Rovio announced that you can sync your progress on Angry Birds through Rovio Account. Rovio hit around $200 million in 2012 revenues with profits of $71 million. Angry Birds was downloaded 30 million times during the week of Christmas alone.
“Being involved with Rovio Stars means that we have one of the best marketing teams behind us, as well as visibility to their vast audience. To a small indie studio like Nitrome this is all the backing we could hope for!” added Nitrome managing director Mat Annal.
Below are the trailers for the two upcoming games: