Finnish mobile game maker Rovio announced that it will spin off its digital learning and edutainment project Fun Learning to double down on games, media and consumer products, reports Reuters. The company will cut 213 jobs, most of them in Finland.
Most famous for its 2009 hit game Angry Birds, Rovio launched Angry Birds Playground in 2013 in partnership with the University of Helsinki. The platform offered educational games aligned with the Finnish national curriculum covering maths, science, music, language, arts and crafts, physical education and social interaction.
Based on the pilot, Rovio introduced Fun Learning in early 2014 and expanded the program to China and Singapore. There are no exact numbers on how many teachers and children have been participating in the program so far. In November 2014 Peter Vesterbacka, stated that
“We’ll have more than one, but less than a million. It’s not easy to scale it. But we are not afraid of difficult things. It’s not a charity. It is most definitely a business for us.”
A spokesperson from Rovio told Reuters that a spin off company will be looking for investors to continue Fun Learning as a startup.