×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Ex-Gameloft Exec Joins ‘Angry Birds’ Developer Rovio Entertainment

Former Gameloft executive Alexandre Pelletier-Normand is joining Rovio Entertainment’s leadership team as the new executive vice president of its games business unit, the company announced on Wednesday.

Pelletier-Normand officially starts in his new role on Jan. 2. He will be responsible for Rovio’s game studios and project development, and he’ll report directly to the company’s CEO, Kati Levoranta.

Before joining Rovio, Pelletier-Normand spent 15 years at Gameloft in various positions ranging from programmer to studio head before becoming executive vice president in charge of games. He has experience in setting up and managing game studios in the U.S., Canada, Vietnam, Argentina, and Brazil, Rovio said. He will now be moving with his family to Finland from France.

Rovio Entertainment is perhaps best known for its “Angry Birds” franchise, which started as a popular mobile game in 2009, but has since become a major entertainment and consumer brand. It’s currently working on a sequel to its 2016 film “The Angry Birds Movie.” It’s also reportedly creating a kids show that will air in 2020.

“I’m delighted to join the Rovio family,” Pelletier-Normand said. “When we look at what the company accomplished in the past in both the quality of their games and on the ‘Angry Birds’ brand, I’m excited by what the future will bring. I’m happy to have a role to play in the growth to come.”

“We are happy to welcome Alexandre to Rovio and Finland. Known as a great leader with extensive industry experience, we are sure that Alexandre will bring fresh new ideas and practices to strengthen our game development,” said Levoranta.

More Gaming

  • 'Call of Duty: Black Ops 4'

    'Black Ops 4' Update Brings Fixes, Operation Absolute Zero

    Operation Absolute Zero hit “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4” on Xbox One and Windows PC Tuesday, bringing an entire season of content to the game, as well as a cornucopia of patches and updates. It’s all live as of Tuesday’s 1.10 Title Update, which came packing a slew of fixes, content additions, and overall [...]

  • Banned 'Fortnite' Rumors Don't Check Out

    Despite Rumors, 'Fortnite' Doesn't Appear to Be Banned in China

    Rumors of Chinese citizens being unable to access certain games, including “Fortnite,” last week appear not to be true, sources and Variety’s own tests verify. While several sources reported that China blocked “Fortnite” and “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds,” including Deseret News and GameRevolution, there doesn’t appear to be any definitive proof that the games were blocked in China. The rumor sparked [...]

  • Games Workshop Hires Fan Film Director

    Games Workshop Hires Fan Film Director to Helm 'Warhammer' Animated Series

    “Warhammer 40,000” fan film director Richard Boylan has been tapped to work on an official “Warhammer” animated series dubbed “Angels of Death.” Boylan previously captivated audiences with both “Guardsman” and “Helsreach,” two excellent short films based on different aspects of the in-game universe. Both projects utilized animation and live-action segments and impressed fans of the [...]

  • Epic Games Celebrates The Holidays With

    Epic Games Celebrates The Holidays With '14 Days of Fortnite'

    Epic Games is bringing more holiday cheer to its popular battle royale game with “14 Days of Fortnite,” a limited-time event featuring new modes, challenges, and more, according to the developer’s website. The event kicks off on Wednesday, Dec. 19. Starting at 9 a.m. ET each day afterwards, players can log into the game to find [...]

  • Monster Hunter: World

    2018 Steam Awards Voting Begins This Week; Here Are The Finalists

    Valve revealed the finalists for The 2018 Steam Awards on Wednesday. The Steam Awards began in 2016 as a way for the community to honor some of the digital distribution platform’s best games. Each year, Valve chooses the categories and lets Steam users vote for the winners. Those categories are usually pretty atypical for an [...]

  • 'PUBG Mobile' Amassed New Revenue High

    'PUBG Mobile' Amassed New Revenue High In December

    Mobile battle royale hit “PUBG Mobile” had its best month yet in terms of player spending in November, according to mobile app analytics firm Sensor Tower. Tencent’s battle royale title brought in an estimated $32.5 million worldwide in November alone, a 44 percent increase than October’s revenue, and 26 percent more than its previous best [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content