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Rovio announces 3D developer acquisition

Pixelgene purchase secured

Finnish mobile game developer Rovio Mobile has announced an expansion to its output of advanced 3D mobile games for Java, Brew and Symbian platforms, with the acquisition of native 3D development specialists Pixelgene.

Founded in 2004, Helsinki-based Pixelgene has developed a number of advanced 3D mobile games for various publishers, including Real Networks' Playman Sports series and Fathammer's Formula GP Racing and Hockey Rage.

The company utilises its proprietary KA technology to support all stages of mobile game development, from content production to handset porting on Java, Brew, Symbian and DoJa platforms.

"Rovio has proven its ability to consistently deliver award-winning 2D mobile games and to distribute those games globally," commented Kaj Hed, Rovio's chairman of the Board. "The acquisition of Pixelgene gives Rovio the technology and the people to develop cutting-edge 3D titles for Java, BREW, and Symbian-enabled phones."

"Our aim is to be number one in the mobile 3D market," added Fernando Herrera, co-founder of Pixelgene and newly appointed CEO of Rovio Mobile. "Gamers have learned to expect thrilling game experiences from Rovio, and that's what we'll continue to deliver - now both in 2D and 3D."

Also established in 2004 and based in Helsinki, Rovio has been awarded numerous industry accolades for its mobile games, which are currently available on 5 continents from carriers such as T-Mobile, Vodafone, Hutchison 3G, O2, and Orange. The company completed a successful second round of financing led by Dutch venture capitalist Trema International in December 2005, and aims to utilise the funding to introduce 10 new titles in 2006 and expand its distribution reach.

The first title following the Pixelgene acquisition (the financial terms of which have not been disclosed), which will fully utilise Pixelgene's advanced 3D technology, is expected to be announced shortly.

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