Rovio, developer of the wildly successful Angry Birds series, said that it has acquired Futuremark Games Studio, the video game development business of benchmark maker Futuremark.
Rovio said that the purchase will support its strategy of rapidly expanding in "entertainment, publishing, animation and retail." Futuremark CEO Jukka Mäkinen said that his company will now focus on its 3D Mark benchmark, which will be released in a new version later this year and enable a "unified gaming performance comparison across operating systems and form factors for the first time."
Rovio, founded in 2003 as Relude and renamed to Rovio Mobile in 2005, claims that its Angry Birds games have been downloaded more than 500 million times. Besides Angry Birds, Rovio has developed more than 30 other titles, primarily for J2ME and, since 2008, for N-gage, iOS, Android, WebOS, Symbian, Windows, Mac OS X, Chrome, Windows Phone 7, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and the PlayStation Vita since 2008.
Futuremark Games Studio is the second major acquisition of the developer. Last summer, Rovio bought Kombo Animation.