Rovio is not disclosing the amount of money it spent on the Finnish company, but said the acquisition will strengthen its expansion into mobile strategy games.
“Strategy games is one of the largest genres in mobile games and we believe that by joining forces with PlayRaven’s talented and skilled personnel we strengthen our know-how and speed up expansion into strategy games,” said Rovio CEO Kati Levoranta.
Founded in 2013, PlayRaven is based in Helsinki and has 25 employees. Prior to the acquisition, it was working with developer CCP Games and publisher Kongregate on “EVE: War of Ascension,” a massively multiplayer title set in the “EVE” universe that soft-launched in the Philippines earlier this year. An iOS and Android launch is expected in select test markets in 2019.
An internal team at CCP London is now handling all future development on “EVE: War of Ascension,” a representative told Variety via email. “This decision to move in-house was made before the Rovio acquisition,” they said. “We thank PlayRaven for their contribution to ‘EVE: War of Ascension’ and wish them the best for the future. However, we are still working with Kongregate, a leading cross-platform game publisher and web gaming destination. For our first foray into mobile games we wanted to work with a company with a proven track record of releasing high-quality mobile games.”
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PlayRaven has developed three other strategy titles: the espionage-themed “Spymaster,” the tactical combat RTS “Winterstate,” and the futuristic RTS “Robocide.”
“We are very excited to become a part of the Rovio flock,” said PlayRaven CEO and co-founder Lasse Seppänen. “In the past few years our team has focused heavily on the mobile strategy games and we really look forward to continuing our work with the support of Rovio’s expertise and resources.”
Earlier this month, Rovio announced former Gameloft executive Alexandre Pelletier-Normand is joining its leadership team as the new executive vice president of its games business unit. He will officially start in that role on Jan. 2 and report directly to Levoranta.