Rovio Leisure, Moomin Characters and Gutsy

Rovio Entertainment Corporation press release

Rovio Entertainment, Moomin characters and Gutsy animations enter into a long-term partnership

Iconic Finnish brands will join forces to create happy content in the years to come.
Rovio becomes the exclusive partner for Moomin-based mobile games.

ESPOO – Finland, June 21, 2021– Rovio Entertainment Corporation, the creator of Angry Birds, has entered into a long-term partnership with Moomin Characters and Gutsy Animation. Rovio will have the rights to develop and publish Moomin IP based games for any platform, with exclusive rights for all mobile platforms. Rovio will also become a minority shareholder in Gutsy Animations, creator of the Moominvalley 3D animation series, through an equity stake of 2.5 million euros and a convertible loan of 2.5 million euros.

Moomin is particularly well known in Japan, one of the largest gaming markets in the world. The duration of the partnership is six years, with a possible extension for a further six years.

“Gutsy Animations did an amazing job bringing the rich stories and alluring atmosphere of the Moomin Valley to life. We are honored and happy to enter into this partnership with Moomin Characters and Gutsy Animations. Working with Gutsy and Moomin gives us the opportunity to bring this iconic brand to new audiences around the world while delighting our existing fans. ” says Alex Pelletier-Normand, CEO of Rovio. ” This partnership will diversify our IP portfolio, which is an important step in our consistent growth strategy. Rovio’s first Moomin game, based on the original Tove Jansson story and world and inspired by the Moominvalley graphics, is already in development and we expect it to get a soft start later this year. ”

Roleff Kråkström, Managing Director of Moomin Characters, says, “As Moomin Characters is keen to expand its digital footprint and offering, it is fantastic to work with Rovio Entertainment, who have a wealth of expertise and success in this area. We are confident that this partnership will open up new opportunities not only for the Moomin brand, but also for additional Nordic history. This partnership marks an important milestone in our strategy to bring local Nordic creations to the international market. ”

Marika Makaroff, Founder and CCO of Gutsy Animations, says: “I am delighted that Rovio is coming to us and supporting our efforts to create meaningful international content based on Nordic values. This investment shows that growth doesn’t always have to come from afar and is incredible evidence of the confidence in Gutsy Animations’ ability to create high quality, distinctive content for the global marketplace. In addition, through the collaboration between three Finland-based companies, this partnership shows a high level of trust in Finnish know-how and underscores the power of storytelling through shared values. This investment gives us a valuable opportunity to continue writing Finnish entertainment and cultural success stories that follow in the footsteps of our acclaimed Emmy® Award-nominated adaptation of the original Moomin stories Moominvalley. “

ROVIO ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION

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Press inquiries:

For Rovio:
Please direct interview requests for the CEO to Lotta Backlund, Head of Communications & PR
Tel: +358 40 531 3076
lotta.backlund@rovio.com

DDA / gutsy@ddapr.com
Harris Roto, CEO, Gutsy Animations
Telephone number. +358 40 840 8007
harri.roto@gutsy.fi

Roleff Kråkström, General Manager, Moomin Characters
Telephone number. +358 (0) 40 054 9692
roleff.krakstrom@moomin.com

About Rovio:

Rovio Entertainment Corporation is a global mobile-first game company that develops, develops and publishes mobile games that have been downloaded over 4.5 billion times to date. Rovio is best known for the global brand Angry Birds, which started as a popular mobile game in 2009 and has since grown from games to various entertainment and consumer products under branded licensing. Today Rovio offers several mobile games and animations and produced The Angry Birds Movie in 2016. The sequel The Angry Birds Movie 2 was released in 2019. Rovio is headquartered in Finland and the company’s shares are listed on the main listing of the NASDAQ HelsinkiQ stock exchange with trading code ROVIO. (www.rovio.com)

Notes for editors:

Via Gutsy Animations
A Finnish production house Brave animations believes the world needs friendly, clever, meaningful, and bold content for a global audience. The flagship production, the Moominvalley TV series, is nominated for the International Emmy® Award and has a record 16 million starts on Yles streaming platform in Finland. Moominvalley won the Golden Venla for the best children’s and youth program for two consecutive years – in 2019 and again in 2020. The production company, which was founded in 2016 by award-winning creator Marika Makaroff, relies on the best creative people to produce worldwide.
www.gutsy.fi

About Moomin characters
Moomin Characters Oy Ltd is the official copyright holder of all Moomin characters. All Moominvalley characters are registered trademarks worldwide. The Moomins are central characters in a series of books and comic strips written by the Finnish-Swedish writer and artist Tove Jansson between 1945 and 1980. They are one of Finland’s largest exporters and have a worldwide fan base. The company was founded in the 1950s by Tove Jansson (1914-2001) and her brother Lars Jansson to look after Moomin copyrights and is still run by family members. Rights and Brands is the company’s worldwide licensing agent.

Rovio Leisure Corp.: Share subscriptions based mostly on

Rovio Entertainment Corporation. Stock exchange announcement June 16, 2021 at 9.30 a.m. EEST

Stock subscriptions based on stock options 20th18th

Between April 20, 2021 and May 31, 2021, a total of 400,442 new shares in Rovio Entertainment Corporation were subscribed under the 2018 stock option program. 400,442 new shares were purchased as part of the 2018A stock options at a subscription price of EUR 4.96. The total subscription price of EUR 1,986,192.32 will be allocated to the invested free equity reserve.

The share subscriptions will increase the number of Rovio Entertainment shares to 82,101,203 shares.

The shares subscribed for as part of the stock options were entered in the commercial register on June 16, 2021, from this date the new shares establish shareholders’ rights.

The shares, along with the old shares, will be traded on Nasdaq Helsinki Plc from June 17, 2021.

ROVIO ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION

More information:
Rene Lindell, CFO
RovioIR@rovio.com
Media desk: +358 40 485 8985

Distribution:
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About Rovio:

Rovio Entertainment Corporation is a global mobile-first games company that develops, develops, and publishes mobile games that have been downloaded over 4.5 billion times to date. Rovio is best known for the global brand Angry Birds, which started as a popular mobile game in 2009 and has since grown from games to various entertainment and consumer products under branded licensing. Today, Rovio offers several mobile games and animations and produced The Angry Birds Movie in 2016. The sequel The Angry Birds Movie 2 was released in 2019. Rovio is headquartered in Finland and the company’s shares are listed on the main listing of the NASDAQ HelsinkiQ stock exchange with trading code ROVIO. (www.rovio.com)

Rovio Leisure Company applies for itemizing of

Rovio Entertainment Corporation Stock Exchange published on May 28, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. EEST

Rovio Entertainment Corporation applies for listing of Option rights 2019A and 2019B.

Rovio Entertainment Corporation will apply for listing of its 2019A and 2019B Series stock options under the 2017-2019 Option Scheme on Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd First North Growth marketplace, estimated from June 1, 2021.

The total number of Series 2019A option rights under the 2017-2019 option scheme is 1,616,666 and the total number of Series 2019B option rights is 50,000. Each option entitles its holder to subscribe for one (1) new share in Rovio Entertainment Corporation or for one of its own shares in the company. Rovio Entertainment Corporation holds 728,916 2019A Series options and 40,000 2019B Series options.

The subscription price for shares under the option rights of the 2019A series is currently EUR 6.92 per share. The subscription price for the option rights of the 2019B series is EUR 7.13 per share. In accordance with the terms and conditions of the option plan, the subscription price was reduced by the amount of the dividends that were resolved before the subscription of the shares on the key date of each dividend payment. However, the share subscription price is always at least EUR 0.01. The adjustment based on the distribution of assets does not apply to the sub-options for stock options 2019B decided by the Board of Directors.

In accordance with the terms of the option plan, the subscription period for the option rights of the 2019A and 2019B series begins on June 1, 2021 and ends on May 31, 2022. The option rights 2019A and 2019B are freely transferable.

The option holders can subscribe for the shares during the subscription period by providing the payment and subscription details to their own bank.

New shares subscribed with the 2019A and 2019B option rights will be listed as additional lots of company shares along with the old shares on the Nasdaq Helsinki main list after the capital increase has been registered.

The reasons for granting the 2017-2019 option rights and the main updated terms and conditions were published in a stock exchange release on May 17, 2018. The terms of the 2017-2019 option plan and the approval plan for share subscriptions under the option rights are available on the company’s website at https://investors.rovio.com/de.

ROVIO ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION

More information:
Rene Lindell, CFO
RovioIR@rovio.com
Media phone: +358 40 485 8985

distribution::
Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd.
Key media
https://investors.rovio.com/de

About Rovio:

Rovio Entertainment Corporation is a global mobile-first games company that creates, develops, and publishes mobile games that have been downloaded over 4.5 billion times to date. Rovio is best known for the global brand Angry Birds, which started as a popular mobile game in 2009 and has since grown from games to various entertainment and consumer products in branded licensing. Today, Rovio offers several mobile games, animations and produced The Angry Birds Movie in 2016. The sequel The Angry Birds Movie 2 was released in 2019. Rovio is headquartered in Finland and the company’s shares are listed on the main list of NASDAQ Helsinki stock exchange with trading code ROVIO. ((www.rovio.com)

Rovio Leisure Company names Kieran O’Leary as

Rovio Entertainment Corporation Stock Exchange published on May 26, 2021 at 2 p.m. EEST

Rovio Entertainment appoints Kieran O’Leary as chief operating officer and appoints he and CTO Petri Hyökyranta join the management team

Espoo, Finland – May 26, 2021- Rovio Entertainment Corporation, the inventor of the Angry Birds franchise, has named its Vice President Marketing, Kieran O’Leary, as Chief Operating Officer (COO). He will take up his new position on May 27th and will continue to work at Rovio’s headquarters in Espoo, Finland. O’Leary will also join the Rovio leadership team. Petri Hyökyranta, Rovio’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO), will also join the management team.

Kieran O’Leary has had a ten year career in the gaming industry. Before joining Rovio in 2019 as Director of Growth, he worked as Marketing Director at Gameloft and Outfit7. In his new role, Kieran will drive the implementation of Rovio’s growth strategy and day-to-day operations, with an emphasis on enabling cross-functional relationships across the company to enable new game delivery and live gaming operations.

Petri Hyökyranta, Rovio’s Chief Technology Officer, joined Rovio in late 2011. Hyökyranta is responsible for Rovio Games’ technology and IT strategy, including development, platform and services for Rovio.

“Driving long-term growth is our number one priority and our actions must continuously reflect this. While I continue to lead Rovio’s strategy, Kieran O’Leary will work with overseeing studio leads on a daily basis. Kieran’s strong track record in marketing coupled with his determination to get results make him the best possible person for the job and I am confident he will do an excellent job! “Says Alex Pelletier-Normand, CEO of Rovio. “Our Future of Gaming initiatives are an important pillar of our strategy. Much of this is of course technology-based, such as using machine learning to customize the user experience. It is therefore imperative that the technology is represented by Petri Hyökyranta on the management team, ”he continues.

Notes for editors:

Kieran O’Leary:

  • Born in 1988. French and Irish citizen.
  • Has a Masters in Management from ESCP Business School in Paris and London
  • Has worked in the games industry since 2012, most recently as Marketing Director at Gameloft and Outfit7
  • Joined Rovio in 2019 as Director of Growth and a member of the Game Management team. Most recently as Vice President of Marketing since 2020

Petri Hyokyranta:

  • Born 1972. Finnish citizen
  • Holds BBA from Oulu Polytechnic
  • Joined Rovio in 2011 to build Rovio’s cloud service
  • Currently CTO. Responsible for Rovio Games technology and IT strategy, including development, platform and services for Rovio
  • Has held various digital and technological R&D management and leadership positions since 1999.

For more background information on all current members of the Rovio leadership team, please visit the company’s website: https://investors.rovio.com/de/about-rovio/leadership-team

ROVIO ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION

More information:
Alexandre Pelletier-Normand, Managing Director
Media phone: + 358 40 485 8985
RovioIR@rovio.com

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Key media
https://investors.rovio.com/de

About Rovio:
Rovio Entertainment Corporation is a global mobile-first games company that creates, develops, and publishes mobile games that have been downloaded over 4.5 billion times to date. Rovio is best known for the global brand Angry Birds, which started as a popular mobile game in 2009 and has since grown from games to various entertainment and consumer products in branded licensing. Today, Rovio offers several mobile games, animations and produced The Angry Birds Movie in 2016. The sequel The Angry Birds Movie 2 was released in 2019. Rovio is headquartered in Finland and the company’s shares are listed on the main list of NASDAQ Helsinki stock exchange with trading code ROVIO. ((www.rovio.com)