EA buys Angry Birds maker

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    http://money.cnn.com/2010/10/20/technology/ea_angry_birds/index.htm

    EA buys Angry Birds publisher

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    NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Electronic Arts said Wednesday that it will acquire Chillingo, the company that publishes the ultra-popular smartphone game Angry Birds.

    Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Reuters reported it was worth $20 million.

    "By acquiring Chillingo, EA Mobile is increasing its market leadership on the Apple platform as well as reaffirming its position as the world's leading wireless entertainment publisher," EA (ERTS, Fortune 500) spokeswoman Holly Rockwood said in an e-mailed statement.

    EA didn't buy the actual Angry Birds game: That's owned by RovioMobile, the Finnish company that developed the game. But EA's purchase of Chillingo will give it access to the publishing revenue from the game's sales.

    RovioMobile's Twitter account was rapidly firing off tweets, clarifying that it did not sell itself to EA and maintaining that it owns Angry Birds and all of its associated intellectual-property rights.

    Angry Birds has been one of the most popular iPhone applications since its November 2009 debut. The game was released last week for Android phones, and quickly topped 2 million downloads in just two days, according to RovioMobile.

    Angry Birds costs 99 cents in Apple's App Store but is free on the Android Marketplace, where it is supported by advertisements.

    The game is incredibly addicting for both hardcore gamers and casual players. Contestants fling birds with a slingshot at green pigs who have stolen the birds' eggs (that's why they're angry). Different birds have different abilities, weights and strengths. The goal of the game is to destroy all of the pigs in each of more than 150 levels.

    Angry Birds has become a pop-culture phenomenon. Variety reported that RovioMobile plans on producing a television show, movie and a toy line based on the game.
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    EA always has to ruin a good thing.
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    EA will make it better.
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    EA are the same company that produce crap every year.
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    EA's great!
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    EA did NOT but the Angry Birds maker... EA acquired Chillingo, the publisher of Angry Birds and many other games. The developer of Angry Birds rertains their rights to teh game and in fact are releasing their Android version on their own, away from Chillingo & EA. They also said they will no longer use Chillingo to publish their games.

    Good for Chillingo. Bad for gamers as EA mess up everything they do. Chillingfo used to have a great team of promoters who were always willing to get involved with teh community. EA are too big headed to even return emails when I offered to review their apps on the forum here. In short EA fail and they the think they'Ve bought into a good thing but don't realise it was the people, producers and developers, working at and with Chilingo that made it great.

    Rant over.
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    I agree, though EA is starting to get a little better in terms of customer service. On another forum dedicated to iDevice gaming, there is actually a EA rep answering people's questions and taking bug reports.
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    It is good that rovio is releasing stuff themselves now. They really don't need a publisher because everyone knows how great angry birds is.
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    No or little Angry Birds updates now. EA IS A PIECE OF sh*t!!!!

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