Even now, six years after Angry Birds first catapulted onto the scene, was there any doubt that its creator would find a place in the 2015 Develop 100? Granted, it can be argued the feathered phenomenon has had its heydey. Rovio has been very upfront about the challenges it has faced, most recently shedding some staff and restructuring its efforts. But its winged heroes are still making good bank, with around $81m from software revenue in the last year. Overall revenues are of course even healthier after licensing is taken into account, even if that has declined.
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Back when this list was based on UK revenues, and back when Football Manager depended on selling physical discs to succeed, creator Sports Interactive would often ride high in the Top 20. But managing No.50 with a very targeted game about a specific sport in a much wider global list is actually a far more impressive achievement. Steam user numbers plus estimated downloads on console suggests to us revenues over the $75m mark. Digital certainly seems to be the biggest source of income for the studio, with downloads accounting for 82 per cent of FM 2016â€™s first week sales. WWW.DEVELOP100.COM