Rovio, the creators of Angry Birds, has announced today the acquisition of the game development arm of Futuremark – Futuremark Game Studios. The news were announced just now in a press release put out by Rovio. Futuremark is the parent company that owns Futuremark Game Studios, but also the one that has developed one of the most popular benchmarking software applications out there.
“They are an incredibly talented and experienced team, and we are thrilled to have them on board,” said Mikael Hed, Rovio Entertainment’s CEO. “Rovio’s success is founded on the excellence of our team, and Futuremark Games Studio is going to be a superb addition.”
“I am proud to see the potential of our talented games team recognized by Rovio,” said Jukka Mäkinen, Futuremark CEO. “Futuremark will now focus on supporting gamers and industry with 3DMark, our professional grade benchmark which, in a new version to be released later this year, will allow unified gaming performance comparison across operating systems and form factors for the first time.”
The acquisition of Futuremark Game Studios is the second acquisition of Rovio in the past year. Last summer, the company announced the acquisition of Kombo Animation Studio, another Finnish company that works in the space of animated films.
The Finnish startup scene has long been talking of Rovio as the anchor company of the ecosystem. It has grown large enough that it makes sense for them to start acquiring companies around it to keep growing even further.