Electronic Arts buys 'Angry Birds' maker

EA acquires Chillingo, the publisher of the popular mobile game app, for about $20 million.

By TheStreet Staff Oct 21, 2010 10:21AM

thestreetBy Olivia Oran, TheStreet

 

Gaming giant Electronic Arts (ERTS) confirmed it acquired UK-based mobile game publisher Chillingo after rumors of the deal surfaced Wednesday morning.

 

Chillingo, the publisher of the popular Angry Birds mobile device game, was snapped up for about $20 million, according to Reuters.

 

Angry Birds, in which players hurl birds in slingshots toward various types of targets to win points and advance to new levels, was ranked the most popular paid Apple (AAPL) iPhone app during the third quarter of 2010 and the second most popular paid iPad app, according to mobile analytics provider Distimo. The game has sold more than 6.5 million copies in the App Store since December 2009.

 

Electronic Arts did not buy the rights to the Angry Birds franchise or the game's developer, Rovio Mobile. EA will, however, receive access to publishing revenue from the game's sales.

"By acquiring Chillingo, EA Mobile is increasing its market leadership on the Apple platform as well as reaffirming its position as the world's leading wireless entertainment publisher," Electronic Arts said in a statement.

 

The transaction comes on the heels of DeNA's $400 million acquisition of mobile gaming company ngmoco last week. Other recent gaming deals include Electronic Arts' acquisition of Playfish for $300 million and Disney's (DIS) purchase of Playdom for $763 million.

 

The mobile gaming market is expected to surge to $11.7 billion by 2014 with Apple's OS software responsible for the bulk of this growth, according to gaming research firm DFC Intelligence.

 

Shares of Electronic Arts were up 1% to $15.55 Thursday morning.

 

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still waiting for the app. that'll help me stop dropping/stomping/running over  my ipad.........i don't know, really don't why it keeps happening!!Baring teethBeer mug aaaaaaah a nice cold coors gold!Tongue out
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