Espoo, Finland – Mobile game publisher Rovio, creator of the
breakout hit "Angry Birds," announced on Thursday that it has
received $42 million in its first round of financing. The round was co-led by
Accel Partners and Atomico, the venture capital firm founded by Skype
co-founder Niklas Zennstrom; Felicis Ventures also participated.
Rovio now counts 40 million monthly active players of "Angry Birds,"
while sales of Angry Birds plush toys recently surpassed 2 million units.
company said it is currently developing an online version of "Angry
Birds" set for release this summer, and versions for all game consoles
expected later in the year.