As Zynga continues to roll through the mobile and Facebook game development worlds, it seems the company is poised to buy up any fast-moving, successful studio making a blip on the radar. Their newest target, however, is one studio that’s made much more than a minor blip.
Rovio, the makers of Angry Birds.
The rumor comes from an extensive piece from Bloomberg that focuses on Zynga’s expensive search for the next FarmVille’s tech. There’s a section of the piece called ‘Angry Birds’ Offer that leads with this single line:
Rovio Entertainment Oy, the Finnish maker of “Angry Birds” games, spurned Zynga’s offer of more than $2 billion, according to a person familiar with the company.
Bloomberg goes further to explain that those connected to each company in the potential deal declined to comment regarding this quick rumor.
However, it does make sense that Zynga would work to snatch up the one of the biggest beasts in the mobile gaming realm. The company has already demonstrated they are willing to pay big bucks for mobile success stories with its acquisition of OMGPOP, the developers behind the seriously strong Draw Something. Zynga paid around $200 million in that deal.
If this rumor is true, and we recommend you take it lightly, Rovio is clearly not interested in a massively valuable buyout. $2 billion is a lot of money.
Would you like Angry Birds any more or less if it was below the Zynga banner?