17 Comments

Summary:

I hear birds squawking in my sleep. I see green pigs dance in front of my eyes. Like millions, I am addicted to Angry Birds, the game. In this video, CEO Mikael Hed and executive Peter Vesterbacka share the secrets of capturing all our idle minutes.

It has taken me nearly four hours to write this post! Ironically, you can blame it on Angry Birds, the super addictive game that has become the top iPhone app in the world. I am a late comer to the bird bash — but in the last few days, it has become a massive time sink. I can hear birds squawking in my sleep. I am seeing the green pigs dance in front of my eyes. I am addicted to Angry Birds.

I tweeted about my addiction and folks from Rovio Mobile, the Helsinki, Finland-based creator of the app got back to me. I ended up inviting CEO Mikael Hed and Peter Vesterbacka, who is cutely titled Mighty Eagle (a forthcoming character), to our offices and we talked about Angry Birds, which has been sold 7 million times and may turn into an entertainment franchise to rival SpongeBob. There are rumors of a movie. A line of soft toys is definitely in the works.

Hed, Vesterbacka and I talked about how the seven-year-old company became an overnight success and he offered tips to become a top iPhone developer. While you watch the video, I’m going back to playing level 6!

Video edited and produced by Chris Albrecht.

Related GigaOM Pro Content:

You’re subscribed! If you like, you can update your settings

  1. Welcome to the dark side, Om.

    I pulled two all-nighters because of Angry Birds for iPad. People I’ve recommended Angry Birds to have called me cruel because of how it disrupted their lives. Finally had to uninstall it.

    My name is Paul, and I haven’t touched Angry Birds for 9 days now…

    1. I know I need an intervention. On the upside, I am in better mode because of the game, so it is all good.

      1. Good luck, my friend.

        Rock bottom comes after you’ve completed all the levels and go back to max your scores in each one. Recognize the signs.

    2. This may sound silly, but my I was introduced to Angry Birds by my coworker whose name is also Paul. And yes, I think it was indeed ‘cruel’ on his part…

  2. I own a N900 and a friend of mine told me about the game. After much insistence from him I finally installed it.

    I think I know now how drug dealers make a living :)

    It is one of the only 3 games in my life I have actually paid to get. Enough said.

  3. That’s when I gave up. I completed it expecting something to happen and it simply said go back and try and get better scores. Now I’m addicted to Monster Dash and it’s global scoreboard.

  4. 100000 EUROS to make? LOL

  5. I have been addicted to Angry Birds ever since i bought it, it’s one of those games you can’t let go off just to see if you can finish the next stage, so far it’s my #1 go-to game application.
    Angy Birds developers are constantly upgrading it and giving away free updates, i’m sure more levels will arise soon, be patient.

  6. It is hilarious to hear the guy on the left describe the first time he laid his eyes on these little angry birds :)

  7. The game’s a really nice Crush the Castle clone.

  8. How about making a game about these two clowns?

  9. Mohinder Mahal Friday, September 3, 2010

    I am a BlackBerry user and will remain so for the foreseeable future. Except two things that are dragging me to the dark side – Angry Birds and Flight Control!

    So now I “steal” my wife’s iPhone for some ‘me’ time with Angry Birds. When I finished all levels – I thought I was done! But no, it drags you back in – this time to better your stars (or scores for the two of you who not played this game). And it never ends!

    I am not easy to get addicted to anything – but Angry Birds, you have me hooked. And who knows maybe it will come to a point where I may dump the secure world of BlackBerry for an insecure world, but with the birds and the pigs.

    Welcome to hell Om – and good luck getting any creative work done till you get 3 stars in all levels!

  10. Thanks for video.

Comments have been disabled for this post