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Angry Birds Maker Rovio Acquires Futuremark's Game Studio

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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.

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    darkavenger123 , March 28, 2012 3:07 AM
    Coming Soon...Angry Bird 3D on PC....

    Min Requirement:
    i7
    8GB RAM
    Radeon 7970 or whatever top of the line GPU.
    24" LED TouchScreen Monitor

    Features:
    3D Angrybird with 10million poly per bid.
    Real feathers
    Fluffing feathers
    Texturized bird shit with HDR lightning
    PhysX and Havok support
    Multiplayer options
    DLC content

    Future:
    Kinect Support


    So there you have it....
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    johnsmithhatesVLC , March 28, 2012 1:11 AM
    "How much fps do you get in Angry Birds?"
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    nforce4max , March 28, 2012 1:11 AM
    The end of an era I suppose.
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    djtronika , March 28, 2012 1:28 AM
    400,000FPS = *EAGLE ACHIEVEMENT ACHIEVED!
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    Anonymous , March 28, 2012 2:03 AM
    what possible interest does rovio have in futuremark

    make the future of pc gaming based off angry birds?
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    unksol , March 28, 2012 2:58 AM
    I get 3d mark scores are a joke. and angry birds is a joke ripped off a flash game... so they have that in common. but futuremark is a benchmark of sorts.... its destroyed by being associated with rovio..... you just have to laugh at someone who uses a bench mark backed by angry birds.
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    ramon1 , March 28, 2012 3:00 AM
    eeeee122323what possible interest does rovio have in futuremarkmake the future of pc gaming based off angry birds?


    That's the harsh reality, the future of gaming is casual gaming.
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    darkavenger123 , March 28, 2012 3:07 AM
    Coming Soon...Angry Bird 3D on PC....

    Min Requirement:
    i7
    8GB RAM
    Radeon 7970 or whatever top of the line GPU.
    24" LED TouchScreen Monitor

    Features:
    3D Angrybird with 10million poly per bid.
    Real feathers
    Fluffing feathers
    Texturized bird shit with HDR lightning
    PhysX and Havok support
    Multiplayer options
    DLC content

    Future:
    Kinect Support


    So there you have it....
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    brickman , March 28, 2012 3:16 AM
    I see who the real pigs are :p 
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    razor512 , March 28, 2012 3:56 AM
    I wonder what they will truly gain from buying that company. The engines used in 3dmark have always been inefficient (they are hard to run and the graphics are not even close to what a modern high end PC game can do)

    The only thing I can see this doing is increasing the system requirements of the games with out making them look much better. or doing wasteful things like 16k 32 bit uncompressed textured air with tessellation, HDR, particle physics, ray tracing, with all at 100% transparency since you are not suppose to be able to see the air (but at least you will know that the air be behaving like real air)

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    Anonymous , March 28, 2012 4:38 AM
    Hey guys, Futuremark just sold their game studio to Rovio but not whole company.
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    amuffin , March 28, 2012 5:07 AM
    3d mark physics test is going to be replaced with a 3d angry bird flying into some crates :lol: 
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    dosdecarnitas , March 28, 2012 8:07 AM
    well futuremark made a nice deal since benchmarking in no more than 3 years will not be that important or not worth while at all, once 14nm hits every cpu and GPU available, any netbook should play modern games without breaking a sweat, nice example is all the ULTRAbooks coming to IVy Bridge
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    Anonymous , March 28, 2012 12:31 PM
    Don't forget the ambient occlusion on the bird beaks!
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    Scar89 , March 28, 2012 12:38 PM
    darkavenger123Coming Soon...Angry Bird 3D on PC....Min Requirement:i7 8GB RAMRadeon 7970 or whatever top of the line GPU.24" LED TouchScreen MonitorFeatures:3D Angrybird with 10million poly per bid.Real feathersFluffing feathersTexturized bird shit with HDR lightningPhysX and Havok supportMultiplayer optionsDLC contentFuture:Kinect SupportSo there you have it....

    Hah, that made me laugh.
    Future Toms comments:
    But can It play.....AngrybirdHDMax3dExtreme edition?

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    wolfram23 , March 28, 2012 2:41 PM
    Quote:
    I get 3d mark scores are a joke

    :pfff: 

    No, I don't think you do.
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    Marco925 , March 28, 2012 3:29 PM
    dosdecarnitaswell futuremark made a nice deal since benchmarking in no more than 3 years will not be that important or not worth while at all, once 14nm hits every cpu and GPU available, any netbook should play modern games without breaking a sweat, nice example is all the ULTRAbooks coming to IVy Bridge

    And what? Computing upgrades will simply just stop?
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    rohitbaran , March 28, 2012 4:15 PM
    Now angry birds will be one of the benchmarks in Futuremark I guess? Lol!
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    sonofliberty08 , March 28, 2012 6:19 PM
    djangHey guys, Futuremark just sold their game studio to Rovio but not whole company.

    futuremark no longer need the game studio for making stupid games, they only have to focus on making benchmark software that will run fast on specific brand processor who feed them and run slow on other brand processor :) 
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    ramon1 , March 28, 2012 8:00 PM
    ramon1That's the harsh reality, the future of gaming is casual gaming.


    don't be stupid, it's not me who you need to be voting down, you need to be voting down companies intending to do turn gaming into a hell of free 2 play, pay 2 win, casual gaming, vote them down with your wallets, where it hurts them the most.
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    robochump , March 28, 2012 11:04 PM
    Damn...here we go with Angry Birds splattered all over benchmark tests now...lol. Taking over the World! Kind of reminds me of some James Bond'esque evil genius plot of putting out an addictive game sold to millions and eventually add subliminal attack messages when the timing is right. Oh no!!! May explain why an airline stewardess and pilot went nutso recently...hmmmm? Test runs? lol