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Report: EA poised to buy Angry Birds publisher

Wednesday, 20th October 2010 14:51 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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AllThingsD, citing “sources,” is rumouring that EA’s about to buy UK-based Angry Birds publisher Chillingo.

The site’s putting a figure between $80-200 million.

Intel is also described as being interested in the firm, as are Gameloft, Activision Blizzard, DeNA and even Microsoft’s gaming unit.

But the site’s sources said EA is the main company targeting Chillingo.

Angry Birds is a Rovio-developed mobile game where the player throws birds at pigs. Who knew?

A recently-released free Android version was downloaded 2 million times in two days.

The game originally released on the App Store in December 2009. By August 2010, said the iOS version sold 6.5 million units, while the free trial version was downloaded 11 million times.

The App Store SKU costs 99 cents.

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3 Comments

  1. Nozz

    I nearly crashed the car the other day playing Angry Birds… LOL /addicted

    EDIT: Good move EA “cha-ching!”

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Goffee

    Surely this is EA’s attempt to update its Julius Irving vs Larry Bird One-one-One basketball game from the eighties with a modern slant…

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_on_One:_Dr._J_vs._Larry_Bird

    Or am I the only one old enough to remember that far back? I see Dr. J having to slam dunk the birds launched by the player through the hoop to squash various porcine defences.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. freedoms_stain

    Suppose I can kiss goodbye to my free Android version then.

    edit: followed by Angry Birds 2 next year, Angry birds 3 6 months later, Angry Squirrels, the spin off 3 months after that ad nauseum.

    #3 4 years ago

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