Angry Birds theme park opens in China
Here's your chance to get behind a giant slingshot and fire those Angry Birds for realHere's your chance to get behind a giant slingshot and fire those Angry Birds for real.
Angry Birds publisher Rovio is seeking to cash in on a Chinese theme park that has created a real-life Angry Birds game without the company's permission.
The Window of the World theme park, located in the Chinese city of Changsha, opened the new game this month, calling it The Real Version of Angry Birds.
People playing the human version of Angry Birds
in the theme park in Changsha, China
The game allows visitors to catapult bird-shaped balls at targets with an actual slingshot. The iconic cartoon characters from Angry Birds are also used in the promotions for the game.
"The game did not receive any authorisation from Rovio," said Daisy Yang, a spokeswoman for the company's China business.
Rovio said it learned of the theme park game from recent media reports.
But rather than take legal action, Rovio has entered into talks with the theme park about creating a long-term partnership.
"We would welcome a partnership, but Rovio would need to give them permission to use the Angry Birds game," Yang said.
An employee with the theme park claimed it had already received permission from Rovio's Chinese representatives, and that the two parties were in discussions about a long-term partnership.
The theme park's Angry Birds game, which will run until the end of the month, was created as a way to help players release stress, he added.
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