For years, Rovio lived on Angry Birds and nothing else. Then it tried to get you to love Alex. Then it gave the piggies a shot. Finally, Rovio went back to doing what it does best: throwing birds and cashing out. The demand for new games hasn't stopped, though. So what's a mega-giant corporation that's stuck in a creative rut to do? Crowd source, of course. Introducing Rovio Stars.


Rovio Stars is more than a little like the Fox Searchlight for games (but not quite like Steam Greenlight). The company is promising would-be gaming legends "world-class marketing and PR" for developers with great properties, and "expert game teams" to "[turn] your game into a blockbuster."

To get on Rovio's radar, you can apply by sending in screenshots or a gameplay video of your title and a description of what makes it so great. If selected, we assume that a legion of lawyers and Business Types will descend from Finland to propose a contract that you are not prepared to understand much less negotiate, but you'll sign anyway because it's friggin' Rovio.

Meanwhile, deep inside Rovio's tenuously constructed headquarters in Espoo, the folks behind the original game hide, waiting with bated breath for the volley that will bring the house down. Armed with little more than slingshots and an SDK, small-time developers rally to topple the empire Finland built. Rovio Stars aims to assuage the imminent threat via negotiations and trade agreements. It may not be enough, though. For in the game of mobile development, you either win or you die.

(Okay, I'll stop watching Game of Thrones before I write about Angry Birds stuff.)

Source: Rovio

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • http://twitter.com/legacy99 Raka Mahesa

    I'm commenting just because of how awesome that last paragraph is =D

  • steve

    I love the tone of the post, Eric. The last paragraph could be an old-timey movie newsreel complete with typewriter clicks or morse code dots and dashes :)

  • http://twitter.com/MatthewWooller Matthew Wooller

    You think think they have given up? Watch. Just watch. This is no surrender.

  • mechapathy

    Perturbed Porcupines, anyone?

  • ChainsawCharlie

    Very mean. And very funny!

  • NoBullet

    This is what happens when you rip off a flash game and have nothing to show afterwards.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Between this post and this tweet https://twitter.com/SanditonCoffee/status/334049499129475073, I already filled my humor quota for the day.

    • mechapathy

      Hahahaha that's amazing. That coffee shop wins at being an inanimate object.

    • Matthew Fry

      Well said, coffee shop, well said.

  • disk Latvia

    Deva should send in awesome gameplay and then when rovio ask for it just say no

  • rodney

    duh, if I have good game ideas I'd prefer publish it myself.

  • freedomspopular

    Angry Birds Level Editor. Why have they not come up with it?