Rovio’s Vesterbacka Thanks iPhone for Enabling Angry Birds’ Success

From an interview at GDC:

Before the iPhone, Vesterbacka recalled, some executive at a cell phone provider was the one deciding which of 27 largely identical poker games was the one to get limited space on that carrier’s mobile store. He compared the system to the Soviet Union, where some beauracrat would dictate which toothpaste was on store shelves, with little concern for quality.

The App Store is closed compared to desktop PCs, but compared to the pre-iPhone mobile market, it’s wide open.

Thursday, 3 March 2011