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Angry Birds owner Rovio to open London gaming studio

Published: 18/01/2017 by Comments

Angry Birds owner Rovio to open London gaming studio

The creators of the Angry Birds mobile game plan on opening a new studio in London in 2017.

Rovio Entertainment intends on building a team of 20 people within the next two years in London. This is going to be the first studio located outside Scandinavia.

Senior vice president at Rovio Antti Viitanen stated: “We are becoming more and more successful, and so it makes sense for us to open a new studio in London. We have an internal and an external mix of global developers and this will complement it.”

This announcement was made after the company experienced financial difficulty over recent years and were forced to make job cuts in 2014 and 2015.

However, the Angry Birds Movie released in 2016, was a huge success. It broke box office records and came second after Warcraft as the most profitable video movie of all time.  In August, CEO Kari Levoranta told the Wall Street Journal that they are planning on making a second part to the blockbuster.

Angry Birds was launched in 2009, it was an overnight success inspired by its most loved characters including Bad Piggies and Nibblers. Rovio plans on developing new MMOs that go beyond the world of Chuck, Red and Bomb.

Despite warnings concerning Brexit, Rovio is adamant on its expansion and will be opening its office in London.

Several technology companies are also planning on doing the same, with technology giants such as Google, Facebook and Apple intending on expanding their presence throughout the United Kingdom.

Despite the fact that the British technology sector were opposed to the EU exit, tech deals in the UK hit record numbers in 2016 with a 40% increase in takeovers and investment rounds.

There is an incredible depth and pool of talent in the UK which is encouraging companies to open offices in London City Centre.

Photo credit: Douglas Muth

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