Angry Birds Reaches 500 Million Downloads; First Angry Birds Retail Store to Launch
November 3, 2011 9:48 AM
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According to Rovio, this makes Angry Birds the most downloaded game in the history of gaming
Back in September, Angry Birds developer Rovio was celebrating
350 million downloads
of the popular mobile game, as well as film and merchandise deals galore. Now, Rovio has announced that Angry Birds has flung its way into 500 million total downloads.
According to Rovio, this makes Angry Birds the most downloaded game in the history of gaming. In fact, Angry Birds gamers around the world play 300 million minutes daily collectively, and have played a total of 200,000 years so far.
Also, Rovio reported that 266 billion levels of Angry Birds has been played total with 400 billion birds flung and 44 billion Stars collected.
"This is a fantastic landmark achievement for us, and we're extremely delighted to see such an incredible amount of people enjoying our games," said Mikael Hed, Rovio CEO. "We remain committed to creating more fun experiences and bringing exceptional quality to Angry Birds fans everywhere."
The 500 million total downloads has come
across various platforms
, including smartphones, tablets, PC, Mac and Chrome web browser.
Rovio started selling Angry Birds plush toys in December 2010, and sold about 2 million of them by March 2011. By September 2011, Rovio was selling about one million plush toys monthly. In addition, it was selling one million Angry Birds T-shirts monthly, and has made Angry Birds video animations and books as well.
With such wild success, Rovio will be opening its first official Angry Birds retail store in Helsinki.
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File this article under, "The Twilight Zone"
11/3/2011 1:16:29 PM
I'm usually all about the different strokes for different folks, but this one has me scratching my head. This game is not engaging at all...it's interesting for 5 minutes. And that's because 5 minutes are how long it takes to realize how boring and repetitious the game will continue to be if you proceed to play it for any longer.
To me, a game like this is ideal for small children with no frame of reference for what is and isn't challenging/stimulating in a typical video game. But small children don't usually carry expensive smartphones with expensive contracts that will play this game. So who's playing this game and making it popular?
If someone lives near where a store is opening, please take video of the people coming in and out. I want to see who's willing to fruitlessly spend their money on Angry Bird merchandise. Do it for science!
"If they're going to pirate somebody, we want it to be us rather than somebody else." -- Microsoft Business Group President Jeff Raikes
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