Rovio Looking to Publish Games?

By Ryan Winslett in Rumor Column
Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 9:00 am
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The house that birds built
It appears Rovio, developer of the hit Angry Bird games, may be looking to dip its beak into the world of indie publishing.

 

If this turns out to be true, you've got to at least feel a little bit sorry for all the other indie publishers out there. Not because of the competition Rovio could pose so much as the way these folks do business. Try to muscle in on their turf and, boom, your office building gets turned into a pile of rubble courtesy of disgruntled avian projectiles.

 

According to the folks at Develop, Rovio higher-ups won't outright admit publishing groundwork is being laid, but the developers appear to already be wearing hardhats and carrying shovels.

 

Rovio has reportedly contacted several mobile games studios about the possible venture and, when asked outright, Rovio's Peter Vesterbacka simply said plans were being made that they were "not ready to announce yet."

 

We say bring it on. If Rovio can locate the truly unique indie games and bring them to market under their own banner, that sounds like a win for all parties involved. Rovio gets into publishing, smaller companies stand a better chance in an overcrowded market and gamers, well, get more games.

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