After almost a year of anticipation, Angry Birds may finally be making its Facebook debut on Valentines Day.
By Kathleen De Vere From Inside Social Games
According to an interview Penn Olson conducted with Rovio's mighty eagle Peter Vesterbacka and senior vice president of Asia Henri Holm, the company will hold a launch event for the long-awaited Facebook version of the physics-based puzzle game on Feb. 14 in Jakarta, Indonesia
Angry Birds is already available a multitude of platforms including iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Google Chrome, Google+, Symbian, Bada and even Sony’s Playstation 3 and Playstation Portable consoles, but the one platform where it has been notoriously absent is Facebook.
Inside Mobile Apps first reported Rovio would be bringing Angry Birds to Facebook in March of 2011 with a launch expected sometime in the spring. When Vesterbacka announced the Chrome Web Store launch of Angry Birds in May 2011, the Facebook launch date had been pushed back to “later in 2011”. Then in June, The Telegraph reported Vesterbacka had said Angry Birds would be live on Facebook within the next three months. Although Penn Olsen did not report any details about the launch except Angry Birds for Facebook would be released worldwide on Feb. 14, the announcement of a firm launch-date seems to indicate the long-delayed port will finally see the light of day.
Although the move to launch the game in Jakarta may surprise some, Indonesia is Facebook’s second largest market after the US. According to an interview Facebook’s vice president for mobile partnerships and corporate development Vaughan Smith gave in November, Indonesia currently has 45 million Facebook users and according to comScore, Facebook reaches 86.7 percent of all online users in Indonesia.
While Angry Birds is not officially active on Facebook (except for a Fan Page, which has more than 12.9 million likes) there are plenty of fake versions of Angry Birds already on Facebook. According to traffic tracking service AppData, there are over 20 fake versions of Angry Birds on the platform.
Vesterbacka also revealed the Angry Birds franchise has now racked up more than 700 million downloads. In December the company reported Angry Birds had passed600 million total downloads.
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