Angry Birds tops 100m downloads as exec says 'tablets are killing consoles'

Peter Vesterbacka thinks the speed of iteration for slates is outgunning console, but Nokia doesn't agree.

Angry Birds has now been downloaded more than 100 million times, according to Rovio Mobile marketing exec Peter Vesterbacka, speaking on a panel at the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas.

"Everyone is playing Angry Birds," said Vesterbacka, as he outlined previously known stats like the game's 40 million monthly active users, who spend 200 million minutes a day playing the game across various devices.

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gravemaker2414d ago

When they will shut the hell up?
Peter Vesterbacka is a retard

Istanbull2414d ago (Edited 2414d ago )

He is a fool, nothing can kill console gaming, it gets bigger and bigger.

Do you really think a 1 buck game is gonna replace our CoDs, Gran Turismos, Marios, Halos?

Thank god I jailbroke my iPhone and played his game for free. Its fun for 5 minutes only.

NewMonday2414d ago

Time killer only, gives me an option other than poking my nose or biting my nails.

DarkTower8052414d ago

Exactly, its just something to play while taking a shit. Real gaming is done on a couch with a contoller, surround sound and big screen tv.

sikbeta2414d ago

I really don't give a damn if some day console gaming becomes niche, I'll be there to support it, but now console gaming is not being killed by [email protected] wannabe-console tablets and I don't see that happen someday either, these kind of comment feeds people like analysts and the such who classify games as kiddie stuff and then come up with something as retard as the sentence in the title, by their logic, all games, no matter budget, size, graphics or whatever are in the same "league" and these people only make numbers comparisons, so when a tiny game @ $2 sell more than a $60 game on a console, they open their mouths to claim something as stupid as what this dumb guy said.

"Vesterbacka was sharing a panel with Nokia's interim EVP of services Tero Ojanpera, who disagreed with his fellow Finn on the console question. According to VentureBeat, Ojanpera pointed out that people are unlikely to plug tablets into their TVs."

Oner2414d ago (Edited 2414d ago )

The main thing he doesn't get is that Angry Birds has been given away for free, gotten for free via JB's or available for a low $1-$2 price. Additionally their "totals" don't account that a single person may have multiple versions on different platforms i.e. on their phone, home/portable console (PS3/360/PSP) or PC. So it's not like all the players or games being played are a singular individual total amount. The last point would be that it's a "pick up and play to kill time" type of game that can be completed quickly. There is no longevity or real skill needed to play as it is the perfect example of a casual game.

HolyOrangeCows2414d ago

90% of those downloads were the free version anyway.

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Prcko2414d ago (Edited 2414d ago )

umm,console game 59,99$
angry birds 1,99$
umm tablets killing consoles,lol yeah maybe in copies sold,but not in profit!

Fishy Fingers2414d ago (Edited 2414d ago )

In the case of Angry Birds, I expect their profit to be greater than the vast majority of video games. The production/development overheads are tiny, compared to console games.

Pug2414d ago

I think its fair to say though that games like Angry Birds are somewhat of a one off wouldn't you say? I can't see tablets/mobiles consistently pumping out those kinds of volumes. Also with so many platforms isn't the money gettings carved up even more?

Consoles/PC still provide the more sounds business model for video games and always will do.

I think a lot of his points are ill conceived to say the least, this is a case of what he'd like it to be rather than the reality.

STK0262414d ago

I eblieve that while you won't see a huge game like CoD, BF or GTA (a 3D one) on a tablet selling as much as Angry Birds, I do believe that some not so casual games could easily work on a tablet and sell very well. Games like Advance Wars, Fire Emblem or turn based JRPGs could easily work on tablets and not be watered down versions of console games (obviously you won't see AW or FE, as they are owned by Nintendo, but similar games).

I don't think tablets will ever kill consoles, but I do believe that they can compete with them in certain game types. And I think we will see more and more of these success stories on tablets and smartphones, largely due to ever evolving technology and the huge number of units on the market.

Downtown boogey2414d ago (Edited 2414d ago )

Pug, you're absolutely right.

Every cheap game like Angry Birds need some kind of a simple gimmick to be successful.

TheBlackSmoke2414d ago (Edited 2414d ago )

He probably doesn't know that call of duty is the biggest franchise in the history of entertainment.

If Angry birds was 59.99, only him and his momma would be playing it.

EDIT: Im not talking about quality, just numbers.
COD made a billion dollars the last 2 years and it will do the same this year if not more...and yes that is more than WOW.

Louis_Guzman2414d ago

Pokemon and Mario are bigger franchises than CoD or WoW.

BloodyNapkin2414d ago

Nintendo dominates this market. They outsell the best multiplatform games with exclusives.

Mario Kart Wii (26.50 million)
Wii Sports Resort (26.35 million)
Wii Fit (22.61 million)
New Super Mario Bros. Wii (21.28 million)

maxx12232414d ago

Wow takes in > 1.5 billion annually, so you might want to rethink your COD comment.

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lil Titan2414d ago

this is about as stupid as Antoine Dodson's fame smh

DragonKnight2414d ago


If I have to see one more person do a "hide yo' kids, hide yo' wife" line I'm going to snap.

DragonKnight2414d ago

@notyouraveragetype: *grabs rifle, goes to bell tower*

ChronoJoe2414d ago

Angry Birds is actually free on Android platforms. Which is like half the market right?

It's also like the top rated free app.

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vickysud2414d ago

LOL wattaa joke

Mr.Vesterbacka pls nxt time dont give these kind of lame statements

VenomProject2414d ago

Hahahahaha, tablets are killing consoles! That's rich!

antz11042414d ago (Edited 2414d ago )

True that, but I have Angry Birds for my smartphone and GODDAMN it is a fun game.

Addictive too, I can quit crack now. :D

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