Angry Birds Transformers Company Rovio Cutting 130 Jobs

Angry Birds Transformers Company Rovio Cutting 130 Jobs

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 2:57pm CDT

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Posted by: Va'al   Views: 26,800

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While not directly Transformers related, the following news concerns Rovio, the company behind Angry Birds and the recently released Angry Birds Transformers multimedia (game; comics and toys hitting soon). According to their CEO Mikael Hed, writing on the Rovio blog, the company is being reshaped, though not for negative financial reasons - leading to the loss of 130 jobs. Read more here and below.

We work in businesses that are so fast moving that the only constant is change. At Rovio we have always been innovative and forward-looking, and to succeed we need to be the best at adapting to change.

We are an entrepreneurial company and have been exploring multiple areas. We have been building our team on assumptions of faster growth than have materialized. As a result, we announced today that we plan to simplify our organization around our three key businesses with the highest growth potential: games, media, and consumer products. Unfortunately, we also need to consider possible employee reductions of a maximum of 130 people in Finland (approximately 16% of workforce).

It is never easy to consider changes like this, but it is better to do them sooner rather than later, when we are in a good place to reignite growth.

At Rovio we live to delight our fans. This year we have more launches and news than ever. As we consider these painful measures, we keep our eye on always delighting our fans with products they love.

Mikael Hed
CEO

Credit(s): Rovio


This article was last modified on Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 3:10pm CDT

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Re: Angry Birds Transformers Company Rovio Cutting 130 Jobs (1610643)
Posted by Cobalt Prime on October 3rd, 2014 @ 10:49am CDT
Bill Lumbergh couldn't have said it better himself. Yeeeaaahhh...
Re: Angry Birds Transformers Company Rovio Cutting 130 Jobs (1611053)
Posted by Va'al on October 5th, 2014 @ 10:47am CDT
We have another spotlight clip from Rovio Mobile, featuring another Angry Birds Transformers character. Check out below the embedded video showing off bird Hal in his best interpretation of Dinobot Grimlock!

Re: Angry Birds Transformers Company Rovio Cutting 130 Jobs (1611125)
Posted by Zeedust on October 5th, 2014 @ 3:18pm CDT
So, dinosaurs evolve into birds, and then this bird becomes a dinosaur again? :lol:

Anyhow, having a dinobird mode and a bike mode but no humanoid robot mode is an interesting choice. I can only think of two other beast/vehicle Transformers, Underbite from the upcoming RiD series and G1 Sky Lynx.
Re: Angry Birds Transformers Company Rovio Cutting 130 Jobs (1611566)
Posted by roughhouse on October 7th, 2014 @ 10:30am CDT
Looks kinda familiar
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Posted by Va'al on October 10th, 2014 @ 12:54pm CDT
The official Transformers Facebook page have shared a Spotify playlist which features the original soundtrack for the Angry Birds crossover game - composed by none other than Transformers veteran Vince diCola, as we first heard in the Sunbow-tastic trailer! Check it out by following this link, and find out more below.

Rovio’s latest game, Angry Birds Transformers, boasts one killer soundtrack. You may notice that the tunes in the game sound similar to those from Transformers: The Movie. That’s no coincidence! Rovio teamed up with Vince DiCola, who composed the music from the 1986 animated feature, and music industry vet Kenny Meriedeth, who infused the tracks with the tasty analog synth sounds that defined the '80s! Give it a listen for yourself!


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Re: Angry Birds Transformers Company Rovio Cutting 130 Jobs (1612981)
Posted by padfoo on October 10th, 2014 @ 8:16pm CDT
El Duque wrote:The official Transformers YouTube channel has uploaded the Angry Birds Transformers trailer, which we've embedded below. Enjoy!



I am actually starting to like this, I cannot wait for the game.
Re: Angry Birds Transformers Company Rovio Cutting 130 Jobs (1613098)
Posted by Lockdownhunter on October 11th, 2014 @ 6:23am CDT
Agreed.So far so good.
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Posted by Va'al on October 13th, 2014 @ 5:15pm CDT
Another week, another Angry Birds Transformers video from Rovio Mobile - this time featuring Corporal Pig in their best Galvatron suit. Read more about it below, and check out the embedded clip!

Galvatron is as smart and strong as any of the Deceptihogs, and he knows it! His devil may care attitude and disregard for authority makes him the outlaw of the bunch. He’s also a deadeye with his laser arm cannon. Nice shootin’ Tex! One day he may even be ...The King (Pig)…?


Re: Angry Birds Transformers Company Rovio Cutting 130 Jobs (1613681)
Posted by Madeus Prime on October 13th, 2014 @ 6:45pm CDT
Loving these, it's very depressing to think that this looks more entertaining then RID15 though. Thanks Va'al!
Re: Angry Birds Transformers Company Rovio Cutting 130 Jobs (1613699)
Posted by padfoo on October 13th, 2014 @ 8:46pm CDT
Transformers can be so fun! :lol:
Re: Angry Birds Transformers Company Rovio Cutting 130 Jobs (1613710)
Posted by Doubledealer93 on October 13th, 2014 @ 10:04pm CDT
wow this is some dumb shit.
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Posted by Sabrblade on October 13th, 2014 @ 10:49pm CDT
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Posted by Zeedust on October 15th, 2014 @ 5:39pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:


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Posted by Va'al on October 16th, 2014 @ 1:17pm CDT
Courtesy of Seibertron.com resident voice actor jON3.0, we get a quick look at the now available Rovio Angry Birds Transformers, with screenshots from and a brief thought about the game. If you have a mobile device running on Android, you will have to wait until the 30th of this month to join in the fun, but you can still watch the trailer, the gameplay and listen to the soundtrack in the meantime!

Angry Birds Transformers is a 2D/3D animated sidescroller. The opening animation is so G1 it's nostalgic. The levels consist of running along while blasting laser at targets to destroy enemies. It's just not the challenge and strategy the original game was. It's cute and kids will love it but hardcore fans will quickly be bored with it although since it's free it's worth downloading just for the intro.
Autobirds, roll out!


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Re: Angry Birds Transformers Company Rovio Cutting 130 Jobs (1614497)
Posted by Zeedust on October 16th, 2014 @ 8:41pm CDT
If there were a PC verson, I'd be interested, but I don't have a smartphone.
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Posted by megatronus on October 16th, 2014 @ 10:59pm CDT
It's kinda funny that the alt modes are headmaster-esque.
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Posted by Burn on October 16th, 2014 @ 11:52pm CDT
Still pissed that an OS that has roughly 50% (or even more) of the phone/tablet market has to wait two damn weeks.
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Posted by Springer on October 17th, 2014 @ 1:38am CDT
Burn wrote:Still pissed that an OS that has roughly 50% (or even more) of the phone/tablet market has to wait two damn weeks.


Apple has to buy up two week exclusives like this so people have a reason to want their new crappy bendable phones with broken operating systems.
Re: Angry Birds Transformers Company Rovio Cutting 130 Jobs (1614577)
Posted by noctorro on October 17th, 2014 @ 4:59am CDT
If they make a toy out of that Arcee, then I'll never bash on Angry Birds again.
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Posted by Ravage XK on October 17th, 2014 @ 6:26am CDT
Played this last night and enjoyed it. I had been expecting the usual Angry Birds with a different skin.

Loved the 80s style intro and the poor VHS tracking effect you get when you take damage.

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