Tuesday, March 15

WEEE! 'Angry Birds' lands $ 42 million financing

Many eggs can buy FRANKFURT $ 42 million.

Angry birds played ubiquitous app obsession of 40 million people around the world raised to expand that amount from investors, mobile and social networking markets.

"This investment will be Rovio wings," said Skype co-founders Niklas Zennstrom, who was named to the Board of Directors of Rovio, developer of the game. "Angry birds is one of the fastest growing online products that I grow more rapidly than Skype, seen, and the company has a brilliant work expand on different platforms and merchandise done."

Led the financing round from Accel Partners, which previously was Facebook, AdMob and Baidu and Zennstrom of the venture capital firm Atomico ventures has supported, Rovio said on Thursday. Angel Investor Felicis ventures was also involved.

Rovio will in markets including mobile, social media and other platforms expand and merchandising and media production, and partnerships, it said.

"Angry birds will continue to grow and we want to create more similar success stories", said Mikael HED, CEO and co-founder.

HED in August he planned told of Reuters the birds into a full-fledged entertainment brand in the way Walt Disney Pixar Inc. conducted story and monsters, with characters from toy turn angry

Angry birds-in which players must help to destroy birds, pigs the eggs, with the help of a spinning-stole has remain new ground in the mobile gaming broken at the top of the charts, in contrast to the most mobile game delusions.

She is played by 40 million monthly active users, Rovio said.

More than 75 million paid and ad supported versions downloaded. Vary revenue share and revenue per copy, the company said.

Rovio said in August it for 100 million downloads over the next year or two with the aim of the birds is applied.

Rovio was after three students including Niklas Hed--Mikael's cousin and now Rovio's COO--a game development competition sponsored by Nokia OYJ, Hewlett-Packard CO winning created in 2003. In 2005 it changed its name from Relude.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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