1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar

    Following the announcement about a month ago that current Rovio CEO Mikael Hed would be stepping down as Rovio's CEO in place of Pekka Rantala following the company's decline in popularity and sales, Rovio has made another unfortunate announcement on Thursday involving some of its staff.

    The plan is for Rovio to lay off some 130 of its own workers to help "simplify the organization." They are all Finland-based jobs and account for about 16% of the entire Rovio workforce:

    We are an entrepreneurial company and have been exploring multiple areas. We have been building our team on assumptions of faster growth than have materialized. As a result, we announced today that we plan to simplify our organization around our three key businesses with the highest growth potential: games, media, and consumer products. Unfortunately, we also need to consider possible employee reductions of a maximum of 130 people in Finland (approximately 16% of workforce).
    The reasoning for the layoffs is because Rovio has not reached its expected goals in branching out the company's interests. Instead, Rovio wants to simplify the company so that it focuses on three main things: games, media, and consumer products. By removing the positions that the company no longer needs, the company can effectively focus on the more important aspects of its marketing.

    Rovio has worked on two new games in the recent past, including Angry Birds Transformers and Angry Birds Stella. Angry Birds Stella is already out, but Angry Birds Transformers won't be out until October 15th about two weeks from now.

    Sources: Rovio
    2014-10-02 06:38 PM
  2. SpiderManAPV's Avatar

    Please take your spot with Blackberry as another technological has-been. We all hate you. You have released game after game, charging us dollar after dollar, promising each would be different, but they aren't. Now you have finally reached the point where the world realized that not only is your game incredibly stupid, but not even a fun version of stupid like Flappy Bird.

    The World

    Just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man!
    2014-10-02 07:53 PM
  3. plumoso's Avatar
    pain & time and glory
    2014-10-02 08:17 PM
  4. hogcia's Avatar
    Was NEVER into angry birds. I remember when they were in the #1 download spot for over a year. Overrated from the start.
    2014-10-02 11:29 PM
  5. kemalmurt's Avatar
    There was a time when i played it and liked it.. But now... Pffff.. Don't want to hear it, see it, play it.
    2014-10-03 09:14 PM