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Kim Jong-un stole Angry Birds

Published Nov 18th, 2013 3:25PM EST
Angry Birds North Korea Tablet

Rovio has confirmed to Washington Post that it did not license Angry Birds to North Korea’s new Android tablet  called Samjiyon. The tablet comes preloaded with a pirated version of the game. Samjiyon has been receiving surprisingly hot early reviews and is apparently a perfectly serviceable 7-inch tablet. Some tourists have been snapping up the device in Pyongyang for less than $200, but the price to North Korean elite bureaucrats is closer to $100.

The launch of the tablet is a part of Kim Jong-un’s campaign to improve North Korea’s image. Other parts of his decidedly unorthodox PR drive include palling around with Dennis Rodman and planning a visit to China, which means fun times for high-level politicians in North Korea. Things remain grim for the rest of the population, however: up to 20,000 concentration camp victims are suspected of having been exterminated when the notorious Camp 22 was recently closed.

After launching mobile game company SpringToys tragically early in 2000, Tero Kuittinen spent eight years doing equity research at firms including Alliance Capital and Opstock. He is currently an analyst and VP of North American sales at mobile diagnostics and expense management Alekstra, and has contributed to, Forbes and Business 2.0 Magazine in addition to BGR.