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Angry Birds creator Rovio acquires Futuremark Games Studio

Angry Birds publisher Rovio Entertainment has acquired its fellow Finnish game development house, Futuremark Games Studio, in order to get some new talent.

Rovio, which just launched its Angry Birds Space mobile game blockbuster, is buying the game-making division of benchmark software creator Futuremark.

“They are an incredibly talented and experienced team, and we are thrilled to have them on board,” said Mikael Hed, Rovio Entertainment’s chief executive, in a statement. “Rovio’s success is founded on the excellence of our team, and Futuremark Games Studio is going to be a superb addition.”

The deal will help Rovio make more games and allow Futuremark to focus on its professional benchmarking of 3D hardware and 3D games.

The deal is the second acquisition for Rovio in the past year, after it bought the Kombo Animation Studio last summer. Rovio is building entertainment, publishing, animation and retail arms and now has more than 300 people in Espoo and Tampere, Finland and Shanghai. The value of the deal wasn’t disclosed.


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