Angry Birds

  • Video: The Interactive Angry Birds Christmas Lights Display

    Video: The Interactive Angry Birds Christmas Lights Display

    Eat your heart out, Clark Griswold. This fully interactive Christmas lights display should erase any doubt that Angry Birds is an ubiquitous fixture in pop culture. Rovio’s game was everywhere this year from unofficial Chinese themeparks, to a cookbooks and mooncakes. Rovio’s CMO Peter Vesterbacka’s wife even wore an Angry Birds formal gown to a state gala. But all of… Read More

  • Already On Everything Else, Angry Birds Ported To Rovio Exec’s Wife’s Dress

    Already On Everything Else, Angry Birds Ported To Rovio Exec’s Wife’s Dress

    Going to a fancy State Gala? Married to a Rovio executive? Angry Birds dresses are SO IN this season. If you’ve ever met Rovio CMO Peter Vesterbacka, you’ve probably learned two things: 1) Peter is good people, and 2) he really, really likes his Angry Birds sweatshirt. It’s rare to see him not wearing one. I’m convinced he travels with a suitcase full of them and burns… Read More

  • Can We Stop The Copycat Apps?

    Can We Stop The Copycat Apps?

    Last month, Alexia posted a short manifesto (“Stop Making Apps”), which basically expresses a serious case of app fatigue. It’s something most of us can relate to, at least passingly, in spite of knowing there’s no end to app production in sight. As long as there are downloaders, more apps there will be. While I encourage developers to continue making great apps, I… Read More

  • Rovio Said To Have Turned Down $2.25 Billion Acquisition By Zynga

    Rovio Said To Have Turned Down $2.25 Billion Acquisition By Zynga

    Ready for this week’s tale of someone turning down an absurd mountain of money in exchange for their company? According to a report by the New York Times, Rovio — makers of the Angry Birds series (and the accompanying heap of Angry Birds merchandise so plentiful that they’ve started opening up retail stores) — turned down $2.25 billion this past summer. The would-be buyer? Read More

  • Rovio Impersonators Try To Scam Angry Birds Fans In Android Market

    Rovio Impersonators Try To Scam Angry Birds Fans In Android Market

    With Angry Birds, Rovio found a way to transform normal, healthy people into raging bird-flinging addicts. This isn’t really that big of a deal — at least not in most cases — unless some shady app developers begin impersonating Rovio and selling fake apps on the Android Market. Did I mention that some shady app developers have started impersonating Rovio and selling fake apps… Read More

  • Rovio’s Angry Birds Flies Past Half A Billion Downloads

    Rovio’s Angry Birds Flies Past Half A Billion Downloads

    At the Slush 2011 event held today in Finland, Rovio’s Peter Vesterbacka revealed a huge milestone for the company’s hit game, Angry Birds—500 million downloads over the past two years. Vesterbacka claims that’s the fastest growing game and most downloads of any game ever. It’s no secret that the game has been growing fast without any marketing dollars being spent. Read More

  • With Angry Birds Merchandise, Rovio’s Peter Vesterbacka Plans To Out Pirate The Pirates

    With Angry Birds Merchandise, Rovio’s Peter Vesterbacka Plans To Out Pirate The Pirates

    As proven by the massive success of the Angry Birds plush line, the world has a hungry for real-world Angry Birds wares. No where is that more apparent than Beijing, where the halls of countless toy shops and electronics stores are filled foot to ceiling with sundry Bird-themed goods, from sweatshirts and jeans to candy and balloons. The catch? Rovio didn’t authorize any of it. Where… Read More

  • After 400 Million Downloads, Angry Birds Introduces New Bird; Movie Confirmed

    After 400 Million Downloads, Angry Birds Introduces New Bird; Movie Confirmed

    Well, Rovio doesn’t need much of an introduction: It’s the company behind the now ubiquitous game that features everybody’s favorite affronted and chafed birds. Back in September, a whopping month and a half ago, Rovio’s North American General Manager Andrew Stalbow revealed some brand growth stats at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco, peeling back the curtain a bit. As… Read More

  • The Wopad V7+ Tablet Is All About Angry Birds

    The Wopad V7+ Tablet Is All About Angry Birds

    If you at all thought that the Angry Birds phenomenon was fizzling out… well, you were wrong. Rovio itself is doing plenty to make the brand “as iconic as Nintendo’s Mario or Mickey Mouse,” with cookbooks and new games and plush toys galore. But even outside of the company, Angry Birds is still a hit. Over in China, the Shenzhen Technology Co. built a tablet… Read More

  • What’s Cooking At Rovio? Angry Birds Cookbooks, Movies And – Gasp – Games (TCTV)

    What’s Cooking At Rovio? Angry Birds Cookbooks, Movies And – Gasp – Games (TCTV)

    I caught up with Peter Vesterbacka, Mighty Eagle at Rovio, the creators of the successful Angry Birds franchise, yesterday at the Planet Of The Apps conference in London. It wasn’t a huge secret, but I certainly didn’t know this: Vesterbacka tells me you will soon be able to buy Angry Birds-themed cookbooks; actual physical books and ebooks for Kindle, Nook and iPad. Read More

  • Angry Birds Costumes Arrive Just In Time For Halloween

    Angry Birds Costumes Arrive Just In Time For Halloween

    The man glassed the road, watching the long procession slump south across the valley, armed and ragged like a band of crusaders for some dark creed. The rain caught them earlier, somewhere further north, and now they were wet to the bone, all of them, their eyes all downcast save a pair who looked like the guards, janissaries still young and with enough energy to lift their heads to watch… Read More

  • Angry Birds, The Brand: Rovio Sells 1M T-Shirts And 1M Plush Toys Per Month

    Angry Birds, The Brand: Rovio Sells 1M T-Shirts And 1M Plush Toys Per Month

    Given that I don’t even really need to write an introduction for it, it goes without saying that Angry Birds is a massive, massive brand. It’s available for everything from iOS to the PS3, and just recently smashed through 350 million cumulative downloads. The Angry Birds brand isn’t all about the software, though, by any means. In a Fireside Chat with MG this morning… Read More

  • Angry Birds In Real Life

    Angry Birds In Real Life

    Sorry, Rovio. A Chinese theme park located in Changsha, Huna China clearly skipped Trademark Infringement 101 and built a very real, very authentic-looking Angry Birds game. Players pull back a gigantic slingshot loaded with plush Angry Birds and let them fly at balloon pigs sheltered in toy bricks. Chances are you need to make your own bird-flinging scream, though. Angry Birds is a huge hit… Read More

  • Disrupt Beijing: We’re Bringing Steve Chen, Peter Vesterbacka, Phil Libin and More

    Disrupt Beijing: We’re Bringing Steve Chen, Peter Vesterbacka, Phil Libin and More

    As we announced last week, we’ve been busy securing some of the most exciting names in China for our Disrupt Beijing conference this October including Tencent Founder and CEO Pony Ma and Chinese entrepreneur and angel investor Lei Jun. But it wouldn’t be a TechCrunch event without bringing a little of that Silicon Valley magic too. In selecting people to bring to China we wanted a… Read More

  • Angry Birds Now Available In Creamy And Not-So-Deadly MooncakeForm

    Angry Birds Now Available In Creamy And Not-So-Deadly MooncakeForm

    Yep. Angry Birds are officially in the public consciousness. It’s part of the world’s culture now. Nothing proves that more than these official Angry Birds mooncakes. There’s simply no escaping the onslaught of flying birds — even though the game is tired and played-out. The likely tasty pies are part of Rovio’s new merchandise announced for the Chinese… Read More

  • Google Wastes No Time Putting Games On Google+: Angry Birds, Bejeweled, Zynga On Board

    Google Wastes No Time Putting Games On Google+: Angry Birds, Bejeweled, Zynga On Board

    For all the hype it has gotten and all the users it has gained, it’s easy to forget that Google+ has only been out for a month and a half. But they’re moving fast to ensure they don’t flop again in the social space. And today brings the biggest “next step” yet: Games. Gaming has obviously been a huge part of the success of Facebook over the years. It has been… Read More

  • Roku Launches New Media Streamers Complete With Motion Gaming Capabilities Perfect For Angry Birds

    Roku Launches New Media Streamers Complete With Motion Gaming Capabilities Perfect For Angry Birds

    Roku just announced its fourth generation of media streamers and they’re unsurprisingly the best yet. They sport more features, an even smaller physical footprint, and the same Apple TV-killing price points as before. These new models, the Roku 2 HD, Roku 2 XD, and the Roku 2 XS, have even more media streaming capabilities as the previous models. All the major streaming sources are… Read More

  • With 250 Million Downloads Angry Birds Moves Into Magic, Cookbooks, And More

    With 250 Million Downloads Angry Birds Moves Into Magic, Cookbooks, And More

    Last night at the Webby awards, two little birds told me some interesting news about Angry Birds. Okay, it was actually a Mighty Eagle, founder Peter Vestebacka, and one of his product managers, Ramine Darabiha. The Angry Birds games now have been downloaded 250 million times across all mobile platforms. So what’s next for Angry Birds? Vestebecka says that they are working on a new… Read More

  • Rovio Announces "Mine And Dine" Angry Birds Episode: Video

    Despite the fact that Rovio launches a new version of Angry Birds or new episodes in what feels like rapid-fire succession, I’d assume the majority of serious Angry Birds fans blow through newly released levels in a day. No worries though, Rovio has already submitted a new episode of Angry Birds to Apple for approval, so it’s only a matter of time before you’ll be smashing… Read More

  • In cash/stock deal, Angry Birds developer Rovio acquires animation studio Kombo

    Rovio, the Finland-based developer behind the extremely popular Angry Birds franchise, this morning announced on its blog that it has acquired a longtime partner, Finnish animation studio Kombo. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but we understand there was a mix of cash and Rovio stock involved. Read More