Angry Birds developer Rovio has quietly shut down its mobile game streaming service. First spotted by Gamasutra, the official Hatch website now has a post explaining that the platform was withdrawn on December 31, 2020. Rovio didn’t provide a reason for the shutdown, but it’s safe to assume that the concept just never took off. Game streaming is on the rise – Google, Microsoft and others have competing services at the moment – but most focus on console and PC-grade titles. Facebook is the rare exception with mobile-optimized games such as Asphalt 9: Legends and PGA TOUR golf shootout. But unlike Rovio, it operates a legacy platform that already has billions of users around the world.
we tried Hatch in 2018 and was impressed with the quality of the library, which included hits like Monument valley and Pac-Man Championship Edition DX, and some of its social features, which included voice chat and multiplayer – even for games that don’t traditionally have it. The service has been launched in many different markets, including UK, and finally had two levels: free, which restricted the user to a small catalog, and Premium, which offered more games, no advertising and a Hatch Kids version suitable for families. As Gamesindustry.biz reports, Rovio attempted to sell his controlling stake in Hatch in 2019, apparently without success.