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Rovio Nabs Futuremark

In the wake of Zynga dropping upwards of $200 million on OMGPOP, Angry Birds publisher Rovio Entertainment has acquired Futuremark Games Studio. With the fellow Finnish game development house, Rovio is said to be after new talent. “Rovio, which just launched its Angry Birds Space mobile game blockbuster, is buying the game-making division of benchmark software creator Futuremark,” reports VentureBeat.

Regarding Futuremark, Mikael Hed, Rovio Entertainment’s chief executive, said: “They are an incredibly talented and experienced team, and we are thrilled to have them on board … 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, VB reports. Rovio is building entertainment, publishing, animation and retail arms and now has more than 300 people in Espoo and Tampere, Finland and Shanghai. Financial terms of this latest deal were not disclosed.



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