August 14, 2012 — Helsinki, Finland — Rovio Entertainment announced the hiring of Oskar Burman to head up their new games studio in Stockholm. As an industry veteran with more than 15 years of experience, the former head of EA’s Easy Studios will be focused on getting Rovio’s newest office up and running later this year.
“Rovio impressed me right from the start with their ability to think and execute in a big way,” said Burman. “When other game publishers are satisfied with building a great game, Rovio builds a 360 degree entertainment experience, where the great game is just the start. I'm super excited to set up Rovio’s first development studio outside Finland, and over the years to come, create awesome entertainment delighting people from every corner of the world!"
Burman has been working in the video games business since the early nineties, when he co-founded one of the first game developers in Sweden, UDS. From there he moved on to a Studio Manager position at Avalanche Studios, and most recently landed as General Manager at Easy, an EA owned online studio focusing on F2P shooters. In addition, he’s a board member at Dataspelsbranschen, the trade organization for the Swedish games industry. In his career so far, he’s been in key roles on several high profile titles, including Just Cause 2 and Battlefield Heroes. “Oskar's experience, vision, and track record speaks for itself,” said Petri Järvilehto, EVP of Games at Rovio. “We’re delighted to welcome Oskar to the flock and look forwarding to building a highly creative games development team in Stockholm under his leadership.”At Rovio’s Stockholm office, Burman will be focused on bringing Sweden’s best talent together to work for the world’s fastest growing and most innovative entertainment company. Similar to Rovio’s Tampere studio, the new games studio will be focused on supporting Rovio in both current and upcoming game projects.Positions at the Stockholm office are already open, and talented game developers, programmers, artists, and producers are strongly encouraged to apply at Rovio Careers.About Rovio Entertainment
Rovio is an industry-changing entertainment media company headquartered in Finland, and the creator of the globally successful Angry Birds franchise. Angry Birds, a casual puzzle game, became an international phenomenon within a few months of its release, and is now the number one paid app of all time. Following this success in mobile gaming, Angry Birds has expanded rapidly in entertainment, publishing, and licensing to become a beloved international brand. For more information, see www.rovio.com.