The Wall Street Journal reported that Sega will buy Finland-based game developer Rovio Entertainment next week for about $1 billion (currently about RMB 6.87 billion).
Rovio Entertainment has a number of self-developed games under its belt, including Angry Birds and Little Thief, of which Angry Birds is the company’s most successful title, according to the news. Angry Birds is also the first handheld game to be certified by the Guinness Book of Records as having been downloaded 1 billion times, and as of last year, Rovio’s games had been downloaded more than 5 billion times in total.
However, the original Angry Birds was taken down from the app store as early as 2019, with the claim at the time being device compatibility issues. In 2022, however, Rovio released a remake of Angry Birds, the version that can now be downloaded from the store, remade using the Unity engine and still without in-app purchases and ads.