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Rovio is cutting 130 jobs

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Rovio Entertainment is cutting around 16% of their workforce because it saw “faster growth than has materialized.” Rovio currently has around 800 employees. There are over 200 million people that play Angry Birds, but it is not as popular as it used to be. Rovio plans to release an Angry Birds movie featuring the voices of Jason Sudeikis, Bill Hader, Danny McBride and Maya Rudolph.

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Rovio receives €25 million from the European Investment Bank

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) is providing Rovio with 25 million euros in financing to boost development of its mobile gaming platform. Rovio, the company behind Angry Birds, is one of the first investments by the EIB’s program to give loans to innovative startups for spurring growth.
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Mobile game studio Boomlagoon receives $3.6 million in funding

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Boomlagoon is a Finnish mobile game studio, created by former Angry Birds creators, that has raised $3.6 million in funding. This round of funding was provided by European investors Northzone, Inventure, and 360 Capital Partners with participation from existing investors Jari Ovaskainen and London Venture Partners.
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Rovio reports net profit dropped 52% in 2013

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Rovio is best known for building the “Angry Birds” franchise. Rovio’s net profit dropped 52% in 2013 and revenues remained flat. This is bad news because this may mean that Angry Birds’ best days are behind them.
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Rovio is launching a new game called Angry Birds Stella

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Rovio is going to be launching a new game called Angry Birds Stella. This game will revolve around the pink character known as Stella. Stella appeared for the first time in Angry Birds Seasons. Stella and her friends will be featured in the game in the form of games, books, and toys.
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“Angry Birds” developer said that they are not giving data to the NSA

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Rovio has denied that they are giving the National Security Agency (NSA) any data despite a leaked document from Edward Snowden alleging that they are helping the U.S. government spy on users. The data may include the age and location of the users, but may contain additional demographics. Rovio’s “Angry Birds” App was named as one of the “leaky” apps that can be used for a source of information by the NSA.

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Hasbro, Inc. (HAS) Has Sold 1 Million ‘Angry Birds Star Wars’ Telepods

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Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS) has sold over 1 million Telepods.  Telepods are action figures that tie into the Angry Birds Star Wars II video game.  Telepods let players import their favorite Angry Birds Star Wars characters into the game using the phone or tablet’s camera to scan a QR code.

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Rovio Is Now Developing Third-Party Games Through Rovio Stars Program

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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.

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