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500 Million Copies Of Angry Birds Downloaded

Game developer Rovio has announced that Angry Birds, the game which was propelled into stardom by mobile platforms such as Android and iOS, has been downloaded more than 500 million times, making it the most downloaded game in history.

Rovio said that users spend on average 300 million minutes (...collectively) playing Angry birds every day, (which translates into around 200,000 years for one person).

An astonishing 266 billion levels of Angry Birds have been played with 400 billion birds being launched and 44 billion stars collected in the process.

Mikael Hed, CEO of Rovio, said "this is a fantastic landmark achievement for us, and we're extremely delighted to see such an incredible amount of people enjoying our games."

Angry Birds has spawned a whole merchandising industry that includes real life plush toys, books and even a movie. The game - which requires the user to launch birds at pigs - is now available on all major mobile platforms, on Windows and Chrome, and even on some smart TV sets.

An Angry birds toy even made it into space thanks to Nasa and the game has managed to become an informal benchmark tablet makers use to demonstrate their device's prowess.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.