Rovio will cut a third of its workforce, resulting in angry employees

Rovio has announced it will be cutting over 200 jobs across all its entire organization.

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Rovio has announced it will be cutting 213 jobs with the majority of them occurring in its Finland-based office.

The company will restructure after losing a little over a third of its workforce to concentrate its activities around three primary business areas: games, media, and consumer products. Rovio will cut jobs across its entire organization, except for those who are currently working on the production of The Angry Birds Movie.

Rovio previously announced its possible job cuts back in August, which the company, at the time, announced it planned to terminate up to 260 employees. While seeing a reduction of job cuts could be seen as a positive, over 200 job cuts is still devastating, especially when it makes up a third of your complete workforce.

With Rovio now focusing on the three pillars that made it so popular to begin with, hopefully the studio can continue to produce great games with outstanding production quality, while also selling tons of Angry Birds-related merchandise.

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    October 21, 2015 9:51 AM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, Rovio will cut a third of its workforce, resulting in angry employees

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      October 21, 2015 9:52 AM

      I see what you did there!

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      October 21, 2015 9:54 AM

      I give this a lol, but it is a rare sad lol.

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      October 21, 2015 10:02 AM

      Rofl at these headlines. Good stuff

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      October 21, 2015 10:22 AM

      I hope they fling them out the window with a giant slingshot.

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      October 21, 2015 10:47 AM

      Weren't they selling the console version of Angry Birds for like $50? Sucks for those that lost their jobs, but fuck Rovio in general. .

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      October 21, 2015 11:03 AM

      Headline lols. It seems like for how long the announcement was, hopefully they all had time to look for a new jerb.

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      October 21, 2015 11:03 AM

      continually surprised when these mobile game companies get one hit and then scale up like they've discovered the golden ticket that's going to bring in a decade of sustainable profit

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        October 21, 2015 11:39 AM

        I mean they did launch an international franchise off that one hit, with a movie in the works.

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          October 21, 2015 12:16 PM

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            October 21, 2015 12:20 PM

            no, Rovio would swear that, any wider view of the industry and historical trends wouldn't suggest it had real staying power. They made a ton off it but scaled like it was going to last for a decade and that new hits would follow. They couldn't even make an equally successful sequel, let alone a new IP.

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        October 21, 2015 11:44 AM

        Somehow I'm not. The money always blinds them to the realities of their situation.

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        October 21, 2015 12:01 PM

        Its not like they just do angry birds. They also publish a lot of games and have an ad network

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          October 21, 2015 12:18 PM

          and clearly those new ventures aren't very successful or they wouldn't be downsizing like this. The history of media companies is littered with proof that one success doesn't mean you have the magic to create a second one.

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        October 21, 2015 12:21 PM

        As the owner, what else should they do? What if the scale upwards works and it becomes a major company for decades? Can't find that out if you don't try, right? And I'm sure the ceo/owner doesn't really have much to lose if they fail. It's the employees that get screwed.

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          October 21, 2015 12:54 PM

          I suppose it depends on exactly what you hope to accomplish. If you want to optimize for your company hanging around you might want to use your giant profits as a parachute while you try to make another great game (the Blizzard/Valve approach). Presumably the company has to take on some amount of debt to scale this big this quickly so there are some risks if it all comes crashing down, but I'm sure the CEO is fine either way. There's just no evidence to suggest you can turn a single hit into a major company for decades.

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          October 21, 2015 1:02 PM

          you do what facebook does - M&A son. they have limited organic growth potential.

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      October 21, 2015 12:13 PM

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      October 21, 2015 12:15 PM

      angry ex-employees

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      October 21, 2015 12:16 PM

      Yes. YEEEESSSSSS!!!

      (I mean the pun, people losing their jobs is not cool)

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      October 21, 2015 12:51 PM

      How is Zynga doing these days?

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