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Rovio opens London studio in push to develop new multiplayer games

Rovio Entertainment, the Finnish gaming company behind the Angry Birds franchise, is opening a new studio in London. The objective is to develop new mobile games that would no longer rely on the company's popular avian brand.

Angry Birds -elokuvan mainos Tennispalatsin seinässä.
A May 2016 ad for the Angry Birds 3D movie. Image: Timo Jaakonaho / Lehtikuva

The Finnish-owned mobile gaming company Rovio announced on Monday that it is opening a new development studio in London. The new location will help the company create new multiplayer online games with new characters.

“Our business is profitably growing and London is the most logical place for us to found a new studio,” says Antti Viitanen, Rovio’s studio director, in the press release. 

In London, Rovio wants to hire about 20 people to create multiplayer online games that support a large number of players simultaneously.

The London location will join four others Rovio studios, three in Espoo and one in Stockholm, which together employ about 200 people. When this is added to the company’s global network of external development partners, the total number of personnel reaches around 400. 

The Finnish firm had to let go of 300 staff and divest its operations when the Angry Birds mobile game – which still holds the record for most downloads ever – began to fizzle out. The company ran a loss in both 2014 and 2015.

Last year's Angry Birds film from Rovio did well at the box office and yielded new licensing deals, however, bringing it back into the black.

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