Mobile News: Popular Mobile Phone Game “Angry Birds Space” Edition Won’t Be Available on Windows Phone Platform

The new edition of Angry Birds Space game won’t appear on Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Phone platform, a move that will greatly affect to handset maker Nokia Oyj.

The maker of the game Rovio Entertainment Oy decided not to sell the game in Windows Phone app store. Rovio’s chief marketing officer Peter Vesterbacka said that while they are the No. 1 app in the Windows Phone app store, it is a big task to support it and you have to entirely rewrite the application. The company has just recently started to sell the game for iPhone and Android running phones.

Nokia was changing its OS to Windows Phone in hope to revive its struggling smartphone business. The lack of the popular games such as Angry Birds may lose its potential customers who are game-oriented. Moreover, the move of Rovio could affect Nokia’s effort to persuade developers that its platform is growing.

Nomura analyst Richard Windsor said that the latest development will not do any good for Windows Phone because it suggests that Rovia does not have confidence in its future.

Stephen Elop, Nokia chief executive officer, has released different Windows Phones since October 2011 and plans to introduce the handsets to China, where Angry Birds started in 2011.

Vesterbacka said that China has been its second-largest market but it has a potential to be the biggest market in 2012.

James Etheridge, Nokia spokesman, is yet to give comment regarding the latest development.

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