Rovio, fresh off the latest success of Angry Birds Space, announced Tuesday morning that is has bought Futuremark Games Studio, the gaming arm of benchmarking software developer Futuremark.
The acquisition will give Rovio access to 3DMark, which Futuremark CEO Jukka Mäkinen described as "our professional grade benchmark," in a press release. In the statement Mäkinen added that a new version of 3DMark will be released this year that will "allow unified gaming performance comparison across operating systems and form factors for the first time."
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Such a tool would come in handy for Rovio, which released its latest title, Angry Birds Space, in iOS, Android, Mac and PC versions last week. The title logged more than 10 million downloads in its first three days, according to Rovio.
Futuremark is also known for titles like Unstoppable Gorg, Hungribles and Shattered Horizon.
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Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Rovio's latest purchase comes after the company bought Kombo Animation Studio in summer 2010. That purchase was designed to expand Rovio's business beyond gaming and into animated entertainment based on Angry Birds. Rovio has shown a single-minded devotion to that franchise. CEO Mikael Hed told Variety in 2010 that he wasn't interested in releasing new titles: "It doesn't make sense (to produce a slate of different games) when you have a hit of any caliber," he told the publication. "When you create brand equity, to do that again would be a difficult task rather than nurture and build around what you have."
It's unclear at the moment whether this latest purchase represents a shift in that strategy.
This story originally published on Mashable here.