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Rovio's Wilhelm Taht resurfaces on Animoca Brands board of directors

Angry Birds dev's ex-EVP of games now a strategic advisor for mobile firms

Wilhelm Taht, best known for his time Rovio, is still contributing to the games industry months after his unexpected departure from the aforementioned Finnish games giant.

It was revealed that Taht left Rovio back in March, leaving the executive vice president of games role he had held for two years. At the time, it was only said he was leaving "for personal reasons" and was no doubt a blow to the company given Taht's contribution to its turnaround over the past couple of years.

Now it turns out he is contributing to another mobile games firm in the form of Animoca Brands, which was primarily based in Hong Kong until it acquired Finnish studio Tribeflame earlier this year. The company has appointed Taht as a strategic advisor to its board of directors.

Animoca hopes to use his experience handling a multi-billion dollar IP like Angry Birds to advice the team on how to grow its own brands, which range from owned properties such as Crazy Kings and Crazy Defense Heroes to licensed games for Garfield, Thomas & Friends and more.

Taht is already a board member at several other Finnish games firms, including mobile studios Nitro Games and Dodreams, and he is a management advisor at Quantum Break and Alan Wake developer Remedy.

"I am thrilled to be joining Animoca Brands, a dynamic and promising company," said Taht. "I believe strongly in the company's management, vision, and strategy for blockchain gaming and AI, and look forward to the learnings, growth and work ahead."

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