Angry Birds maker Rovio Mobile has bought Futuremark Games, the gaming studio that belonged to Finnish benchmarking software firm, Futuremark. The amount of money exchanged in the transaction is undisclosed. Futuremark Games has previously released space themed games, like Unstoppable Gorg and Shattered Horizon. This move from Rovio comes nearly a week after the release of Angry Birds Space and nearly two months after teasing the game. Rovio could be buying the company to absorb its talent for future updates and levels to Angry Birds Space.
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Angry Birds Space has already reached 10 million downloads in a span of three days. The game also topped the game charts in the Apple Store in 104 countries. Angry Birds games have been downloaded more than 700 million times and is the most downloaded mobile game. They are also the fastest growing game on Facebook. The company hasn't made a statement on when the next levels of Angry Birds Space will be out and if there will be any more changes to the game. Rovio worked with NASA to bring the reality of playing a game in space, with zero gravity and trajectories to Angry Birds Space. With Rovio's new acquisition, there might be more we can look forward to from the animals in outer space.
Rovio had recently been in the spotlight when chief marketing officer, Peter Vesterbacka stated that the company had no plans to release Angry Birds Space to Windows Phone. This made companies like Nokia and Microsoft virtually shake in their shoes. If Rovio was serious about not bringing Angry Birds Space to Windows Phone, their attempts to gain stronger footing in the smartphone market would wane, especially amongst handheld gaming teenagers. Vesterbacka said it would require a lot of work to develop for Windows Phone. However, later, Rovio CEO Mikael Hed stated that Angry Birds Space would indeed come to Windows Phone and that the company wanted the game to be present on all relevant platforms. Along with Angry Birds Space, Rovio is supposed to release Space themed animation and retail in their attempt to become a full fledged entertainment company.