EA buys Angry Birds publisher

Today Electronic Arts has acquired Chillingo, the UK-based publisher of iPhone games Angry Birds and Cut the Rope, for under $20 million according to the Los Angeles Times.

Rovio, developers of Angry Birds, recently had great success when they released the Android version of their popular game for free, causing an overload of their servers. However, according to the deal, Rovio and Zeptolab, developer of the popular iPhone game Cut the Rope, were not acquired as part of the deal.

Still, EA is a smart company. If either company releases their game or any iteration thereof under the Chillingo publisher, then EA can add another successful franchise to its already full belt. Surely they won’t mind benefiting from Chillingo’s expertise in picking successful mobile IPs, either.