One-fifth of Irish households do not have access to the internet in 2014, new Central Statistics Office (CSO) figures suggest. While 42pc of those without internet said they didn’t need it, 39pc cited lack of skills.
Dublin: 18.12.2014 07.30PM
Rovio, the company behind mobile gaming phenomenon Angry Birds, could receive funding that would value it at about US$1.2bn.
Bloomberg reports that Rovio may take a strategic investment from an unnamed company in the entertainment industry. Rovio has reportedly rejected similar offers from large institutional investors.
Investors could include EA, Zynga, News Corp or Disney, suggests Michael Pachter, managing director of research at Wedbush Securities. Rovio received US$42m in funding last March from numerous tech investors.
This funding could be used to make an Angry Birds movie and to open offices outside of Finland. It may also use the funds to boost the brand further in countries such as China.
Rovio earns huge money through merchandising for the mobile game. It has sold 7m Angry Birds toys since launching them last year and has recently begun selling Angry Birds baby clothes.