Rovio Entertainment, the creator of the iconic Angry Birds mobile game franchise, could be acquired by Japanese video game and entertainment company Sega for $1 billion, media reported.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Sega is close to buying Rovio and the deal could close as early as next week.
The original Angry Birds game was a super success in 2009, but the franchise has been in decline since its 2014 peak.
The original mobile game was the first mobile game to reach 1 billion downloads, a record certified by Guinness World Records.
The Angry Birds Movie was a box-office success and is still the seventh highest-grossing video game film of all time.
Its 2019 sequel The Angry Birds Movie 2, however, did not meet the same success.
Rovio removed its original Angry Birds game from the Google Play Store in February this year, and renamed the Apple iOS version Red’s First Flight.
“We have reviewed the business case for Rovio Classics: Angry Birds, and due to the game’s impact on our broader game portfolio, we have decided that Rovio Classics: Angry Birds will be delisted from the Google Play Store effective February 23,” Where was the company?
‘Rovio Classics: Angry Birds’ will still be playable on devices that have downloaded the game, even if unlisted.
Previously, Israeli developer Playtica was reported to be acquiring Rovio for around $800 million, but the deal fell through.
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