Rovio Entertainment, creator of 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 Mkinen, 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
Futuremark Games Studio is the second acquisition for
Rovio in the past year, after the acquisition of Kombo
Animation Studio last summer. At this moment, Rovio
employs nearly 300 people in Espoo and Tampere, Finland
and Shanghai, China.