After more than six years as Rovio's Mighty Eagle, Peter Vesterbacka has left the Angry Birds developer to pursue new projects.
Keen to flex his entrepreneurial muscles once again, he will remain a shareholder at Rovio while establishing a new startup.
Returning to roots
“It has been my privilege to work alongside incredibly talented and amazing colleagues at Rovio. We have worked very hard together to bring up the Angry Birds flock over the past six years,” says Vesterbacka.
“While I remain a Rovio shareholder - and the biggest Angry Birds fan - I am even more excited about getting back to my startup roots."
Specific details on Vesterbacka's new project are as yet unclear.
There has certainly been no shortage of Finnish mobile gaming startups of late, but this one will not only be backed by Vesterbacka himself, but Rovio Chairman (and billionaire) Kaj Hed.
"Education is a very big passion of mine and I will continue working on bringing Finnish quality learning everywhere," Vesterbacka adds.
"I think it's also fantastic to be able to continue to work closely with Kaj Hed on making these new startup ideas even bigger."
Education is a very big passion of mine.Peter Vesterbacka
So while Vesterbacka may no longer be the Mighty Eagle, he remains very much involved with Rovio.
By maintaining a relationship with Rovio, Kaj Hed believes that his ambition can be taken even further.
“Peter has always been the one insisting on bigger ideas and bigger dreams to take the birds higher,” he says.
“I am very happy to continue to work with Peter and his one-of-a-kind ambition and talent.”