Rovio, the studio behind the once-popular Angry Birds franchise, has released their 2013 earnings. The 37 million euro in earnings suggests a healthy game studio, but when compared to the 77 million euro brought in for 2012, things may not be so rosy for the Angry Birds team. Further clouding their future is net profits of 26.9 million euro — a big drop-off from the 55.5 million euro earned in 2012.
Upon hearing that they were the latest subject in the seemingly never-ending strand of suggestions for NSA entry points into your daily life, Rovio has suggested that they've had nothing to do with Angry Birds user-data insecurities. Rovio has gone so far as to point their finger, instead, at third party advertising networks. It's through them, they say, that it's possible Angry Birds user data has been pushed.
As the infamous original "kart" racer from Nintendo continues to be console or Nintendo-device-limited, the folks at Rovio are hard at work creating their own racer. This is Angry Birds GO! In the teaser shared this week, the folks at Rovio have suggested that they've been conjuring up not just another endless runner, not just another simple battle of the racing cars, but a do-it-yourself create-a-kart sort of game - one that's coming out soon.
Back in May, Rovio introduced a new method that would allow Angry Birds gamers to have their progress synced across all of their devices, called Rovio Account. The new feature has been slowly rolling out over the past couple months, and the game developing studio announced today that Account is available to all on iOS and Android.
The one caveat to mobile gaming is that a lot of smartphone games don't come with the ability to save your progress across multiple devices, leaving gamers to start over on a game if they end up buying a new tablet. However, Rovio looks to solve that issue in Angry Birds with a new feature called Account.
As promised nearly a month ago, Rovio has launched a spin-off of its popular Angry Birds game called Angry Birds Friends, which puts a social spin to the bird-flinging game. The game integrates with Facebook so that you can challenge your friends to see who can get the highest score possible on each level.
You might have not realized it, but Angry Birds exists on Facebook. Of course, you were probably too busy pecking away at the game on your iPhone or Android device. In any case, Rovio announced today that they will be launching Angry Birds Friends on iOS and Android, and you'll be able to challenge your Facebook friends right from your smartphone.
Rovio has just released its financial results for the year of 2012, and it has done extremely well. In 2012, it generated nearly $200 million in revenue (152.2 million euros), which is almost twice the $97 million it generated back in 2011 (75.6 million euros). All in all, Rovio managed to profit about $71 million (55.5 million euros), which is a huge boost from the $45 million it profited in 2011 (35.4 million euros).
Rovio isn't slowing down its development of new games, and it's latest project is a collaboration with DreamWorks Animation Studio to launch a new game based on the upcoming movie The Croods. The game is set to launch on March 14, just two day before Rovio's Angry Birds Toons will be premiering, and will be releasing one week before the theatrical release of the movie.