Maker of ‘Angry Birds’ raises $42M in financing

NEW YORK (AP) — Rovio, the creator of the wildly popular “Angry Birds” games for the iPhone, Android phones and other gadgets, said Thursday it has raised $42 million from investors including the venture capital firm Accel Partners.

Accel is known for funding such companies as Facebook, the world’s largest online social network, and daily deals site Groupon. Atomico Ventures, the venture capital firm created by Skype co-founder Niklas Zennstrom, is the other co-leader of the funding round. Super angel fund Felicis Ventures also participated, Rovio said.

Rovio, which is based in Espoo, Finland, plans to use the money to expand its reach internationally and across new gaming platforms beyond mobile phones.

“Angry Birds” is played by 40 million monthly users.

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