Tuesday, March 27th 2012

Rovio Entertainment Acquires Futuremark Games Studio

Rovio Entertainment, creator of the global phenomenon Angry Birds, announced today the acquisition of Futuremark Games Studio, the gaming arm of benchmarking software developer Futuremark.

"They are an incredibly talented and experienced team, and we are thrilled to have them on board,” said Mikael Hed, Rovio Entertainment’s CEO. “Rovio’s success is founded on the excellence of our team, and Futuremark Games Studio is going to be a superb addition."

"I am proud to see the potential of our talented games team recognized by Rovio," said Jukka Mäkinen, Futuremark CEO. "Futuremark will now focus on supporting gamers and industry with 3DMark, our professional grade benchmark which, in a new version to be released later this year, will allow unified gaming performance comparison across operating systems and form factors for the first time."

This announcement comes on the heels of the Angry Birds Space launch, a multiplatform release that debuted on iOS, Android, Mac and PC, as well as in books, merchandising, and animation. On the first day of release, Angry Birds Space shot to the #1 slot for iOS in 104 countries.

Futuremark Games Studio is the second acquisition for Rovio in the past year, after the acquisition of Kombo Animation Studio last summer. As Rovio continues its rapid expansion in entertainment, publishing, animation, and retail, the company will continue to focus on seeking out the world’s best talent to join its team. At this moment, Rovio employs nearly 300 people in Espoo and Tampere, Finland and Shanghai, China.
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7 Comments on Rovio Entertainment Acquires Futuremark Games Studio

#1
THE_EGG
Aww no 3DMark on android :(
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#2
micropage7
wow..
Rovio that run from game take Futuremark, maybe one day you gonna have benchmark with angrybirds on it
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#3
NC37
Ehh, Futuremark games really weren't that great. Strange cause some of the scenes during benchmarks make you think they have some real fantastic ideas.
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#4
Pjokerxp_
ewww wat happened to the world

I luved Shattered Horizon to death.
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#5
Freedom4556
by: NC37
Ehh, Futuremark games really weren't that great. Strange cause some of the scenes during benchmarks make you think they have some real fantastic ideas.
Just goes to show the difference in talent needed for game design as opposed to level design.

That's all Angry Birds is, level design. It must've been one of the reasons Bioware borrowed heavily from D&D ip for the longest time; most of the game design for D&D was already done and proven solid. Hence why Shattered Horizions was a flop, it's just a deathmatch level. A creative, innovative one, but at the end of the day it's just a map.
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#6
TurdFergasun
by: Pjokerxp_
ewww wat happened to the world

I luved Shattered Horizon to death.
agreed it was an awesome game for what it was. it was the last time somebody had tried to actually do something interesting with the FPS format.
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#7
Phxprovost
Xtreme Refugee
wow...this is something i would never imagine happening, wonder what they have planned :confused:
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