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Rovio Mobile and Chillingo may part ways after Angry Birds.

10-20-2010, 05:08 PM
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Rovio Mobile and Chillingo may part ways after Angry Birds.

(note: so far this seems to be a separate issue from EA's buyout of Chillingo)

‘Angry Birds’ Developer: “We Will Not Use Chillingo Again”

http://techcrunch.com/2010/10/20/ang...ch+(TechCrunch

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After some customer confusion regarding the $20 million cash sale of games publisher Chillingo to Electronic Arts this morning, Angry Birds “Mighty Eagle” Peter Vesterbacka revealed to TechCrunch that the Rovio Mobile product relationship with the publisher did not evolve after the original publication of the iPhone and iPad games in December of 2009.

Vesterbacka told TechCrunch,”We only did the first iPad/iPhone integration with Chillingo and aside from that we’ve published everything ourselves. We will not use Chillingo again.”

Vesterbacka also added that the role of the publisher has diminished in modern game development; “You don’t need publishers.”


Rovio Mobile has self-published all their games since their deal with Chillingo, including Angry Birds on the Android, Angry Birds on Nokia, and Angry Birds Halloween (see video below), which by some amazing press luck launches in the App Store for North American users tonight at midnight:


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The relationship between a games publisher and a game developer is similar to that of an author and a book publisher, and is usually dictated by a contract. According to Vesterbacka, the Angry Birds contract between Chillingo, which also publishes Cut The Rope, gave Rovio Mobile all IP rights to Angry Birds moving forward from the iPhone/iPad integration.

Angry Birds, which has sold 6.5 million copies in the App Store since its launch in December of 2009, will continue to remain an independent entity. And while IP licenses with the other Chillingo games are on a per contract basis, what Electronic Arts actually did gain in the Chillingo acquisition was soft access to under the radar games as well as Chillingo’s Crystal Social platform.
10-20-2010, 05:11 PM
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It's not really that surprising, especially now that they've established themselves there isn't really a reason for them to be published. Any new game developed by the creators of Angry Birds is going to get press on every relevant media outlet just because of the popularity of the original Angry Birds, so what's the point? For instance, we'll have a post up on the Angry Birds Halloween game the instant it's available in the US App Store, and would have regardless of who is or isn't publishing it.

10-20-2010, 05:28 PM
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Keep up the good work Rovio.

Invaders Must Die.
10-20-2010, 05:41 PM
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EA!!!!!!

what.
10-20-2010, 05:54 PM
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Rovio Mobile is heading in the right direction. I wouldn't worry.
10-20-2010, 05:55 PM
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Vesterbacka also added that the role of the publisher has diminished in modern game development; “You don’t need publishers.”
Ya right. So who knew (outside of maybe TA readers and a few others) about a dev named rovio mobile and their game on the appstore (darkest fear) before angry birds? Its easy to dismiss something as useless once you dont need it anymore for yourself. Publishers definitely help and I wont be surprised if angry birds wouldnt have been this big a success if it wasnt published by chillingo. Lots of great games have shown up on appstore and simply died without even recovering thier costs simply coz no one even knew about its existence.

Yes, rovio did all the hard work here but to say the publisher didnt have any role in this success is a really ignorant comment IMO.

Last edited by ImNoSuperMan; 10-20-2010 at 05:58 PM.
10-20-2010, 06:10 PM
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Originally Posted by ImNoSuperMan View Post
Ya right. So who knew (outside of maybe TA readers and a few others) about a dev named rovio mobile and their game on the appstore (darkest fear) before angry birds? Its easy to dismiss something as useless once you dont need it anymore for yourself. Publishers definitely help and I wont be surprised if angry birds wouldnt have been this big a success if it wasnt published by chillingo. Lots of great games have shown up on appstore and simply died without even recovering thier costs simply coz no one even knew about its existence.

Yes, rovio did all the hard work here but to say the publisher didnt have any role in this success is a really ignorant comment IMO.
I agree. Chillingo definitely had a hand in Angry Bird's success.
10-20-2010, 07:05 PM
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Originally Posted by ImNoSuperMan View Post
Ya right. So who knew (outside of maybe TA readers and a few others) about a dev named rovio mobile and their game on the appstore (darkest fear) before angry birds? Its easy to dismiss something as useless once you dont need it anymore for yourself. Publishers definitely help and I wont be surprised if angry birds wouldnt have been this big a success if it wasnt published by chillingo. Lots of great games have shown up on appstore and simply died without even recovering thier costs simply coz no one even knew about its existence.

Yes, rovio did all the hard work here but to say the publisher didnt have any role in this success is a really ignorant comment IMO.
Well tbh I don't really think that alo of people had heard of chillingo besides us and some other people. I doubt if you asked the general public who chillingo was, that they would answer that their a publisher for iPhone games.
10-20-2010, 07:11 PM
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I agree. Chillingo definitely had a hand in Angry Bird's success.
I doubt that. Where's the proof?
10-20-2010, 07:12 PM
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Angry Birds is from Chillingo?