Angry Birds helps Rovio earn $106.3 million

The popular and viral Angry Birds by Rovio is a massive hit that resulted to the latter being considered as one of the top mobile game developers in the world. Individuals from all ages got hooked to their seemingly ridiculous but entertaining creation.

On Monday, the company announced that they were able to amass $106.3 million in sales based on their success of their Angry Birds game and merchandising from the latter. This figure doesn’t include sales from all their other games.

According to Rovio CEO Mikael Hed, “The strong growth in revenue clearly demonstrates the popularity of the Angry Birds brand. The heavy investments made in 2011 to all business areas will be seen in future products. To ensure continuous success we need to be creative and stay focused on entertaining our millions of fans by continuously developing new and innovative products and services.”

The company has released three Angry Birds games last year namely, Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons and Angry Birds Rio. These games were downloaded about 648 million times and have roughly 200 million active monthly users.

They are expecting to continue to grow their business this year.

Hed added, “We are very optimistic about 2012 due to significant investments in product development, cutting-edge branding, brand protection and corporate infrastructure.”

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Angry Birds now available in RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook

Research In Motion, the maker of BlackBerry, finally announced Wednesday that Angry Birds will now be available in their PlayBook device.

Due to their less-than-stellar sales of the PlayBook which sold less than a million units, RIM is slowly changing its course and moving away from being perceived as business-focused and is entering the consumer arena. The popular game from Rovio Entertainment and its sequels, Angry Birds Rio and Angry Birds Seasons, may help shift that image.

The company also admits that a they still have a high inventory of the product which means that they have to do more legwork in terms of promotional activities. The delay of the release of the second version of the device’s OS (to be released on February) was also partly to blame.

All three versions of the game are available in the BlackBerry App World at $4.99 each. The games are not yet available for Blackberry smartphones though as these run on a different and older operating system.

Apple names top apps for 2011

Since 2011 is coming to a close, the Cupertino-based company has released the lists of  best apps, TV shows, movies, music and podcasts.

The biggest winner of the year in terms of number of downloads and sales is Angry Birds which took the top spot for both iPhone and iPad. Its spinoffs, Angry Birds Rio and Angry Birds Seasons, also made it to the top    ten.

For the Game of the Year, Apple chose Tiny Tower for iPhone and Dead Space for the prestigious spot.  Apple also chose their favourite apps with Instagram being named iPhone App of the Year  and Apple’s editorial pick went to Snapspeed for iPad.

Want to know the rest of the apps who made it to Apple’s top picks? Here’s the complete list as reported by TechCrunch:

Top Paid iPhone Apps:
1. Angry Birds
2. Fruit Ninja
3. Angry Birds Seasons
4. Cut the Rope
5. Tiny Wings
6. Angry Birds Rio
7. Words With Friends
8. Camera+
9. Doodle Jump
10. Plants vs. Zombies

Top Paid iPad Apps
1. Angry Birds HD
2. Pages
3. Angry Birds Seasons
4. GarageBand
5. Angry Birds Rio HD
6. Penultimate
7. Fruit Ninja HD
8. Cut the Rope HD
9. SCRABBLE for iPad
10. Keynote

Top Free iPhone Apps:
1. Facebook
2. Pandora Radio
3. Words with Friends Free
4. Angry Birds Free
5. Skype
6. Netflix
7. Angry Birds Rio Free
8. Groupon
9. Fruit Ninja Lite
10. Twitter

Top Paid iPad Apps
1. Angry Birds HD
2. Pages
3. Angry Birds Seasons
4. GarageBand
5. Angry Birds Rio HD
6. Penultimate
7. Fruit Ninja HD
8. Cut the Rope HD
9. SCRABBLE for iPad
10. Keynote

 

 

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