Angry Birds downloaded a staggering 6.5 million times on Christmas Day

Once upon a time on Christmas morning, the ritual was to open up your new system and start up packed in software like Super Mario World, Sonic the Hedgehog or even Wii Sports. During the most recent holidays it seems like the equivalent happened to owners of new tablets and cell phones. On Christmas Day 2011 Rovio’s juggernaut of an app, Angry Birds, had six and a half million downloads in a single day.

When speaking with the site AllThingsD, Rovio’s Ville Heijari revealed the stunning number of downloads for the product, though it should be noted not all of it was paid for. The total is a mix of paid and free downloads of Angry Birds and the multiple holidays reskins Angry Birds Seasons and Angry Birds Rio. Still, during 2010’s X-Mas the bird-flinger had only 2 million, so obviously this avian addiction shows no signs of stopping. Did you get a new device over the break and was Angry Birds your first download too? If so, why not give a title like Sworcery or Game Dev Story a try if you’re looking for a deeper app experience.


  • BaraChat - January 4, 2012 8:32 p.m.

    I bought my wife an iPad on Christmas and we did download the Angry Birds demo on Christmas day. I don't know if it counted towards the Rovio total, but there was no way I was paying 4.99 for a game I already had for 0.99 on my iPhone. Seriously, what's up with that?
  • slickmcwilly - January 4, 2012 5:19 p.m.

    I have refused to buy any version of angry birds just because of how awful I think Rovio is. They come off as very pretentious to me. I did buy Infinity Blade 2 though, which is great. Also, <3 you Hank.

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