Angry Birds Reaches half a billion downloads

Rovio, the developer of the wildly popular Angry Birds game, announced earlier today that the game has reached half a billion downloads in less than two years. This makes it one of the most popular downloaded games ever. And for good measure, Rovio gives the following stats: "Angry Birds Fans around the world have so far played a total of 200,000 years of Angry Birds, with 300 million minutes of playing time daily. Moreover, more than 266 billion levels of Angry Birds have been played, with 400 billion birds launched into action, and over 44 billion Stars collected in the process."

Priced at $0.99, the game has generated an estimated $250 million in revenue for the developer, according to a blog post on the Time magazine website. Originally introduced for iOS devices, it's now available on many platforms, even including desktop computers. And there are now multiple versions.

The company, located in Finland, also now offers a line of merchandise and has shipped over 10 million Angry Birds toys worldwide.

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Speaking of the half billion downloads, Angry Birds CEO Mikael Hed, said, "This is a fantastic landmark achievement for us, and we’re extremely delighted to see such an incredible amount of people enjoying our games. We remain committed to creating more fun experiences and bringing exceptional quality to Angry Birds Fans everywhere."

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.