ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, June 18 (UPI) -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev gave a special thanks to the creator of the game Angry Birds at a forum on economics in St. Petersburg.
Medvedev thanked Peter Vesterbacka Friday for creating the game during a session at the International Economic Forum, RIA Novosti reported.
Medvedev said, "Before talking politics, I would like to thank Mr. [Peter] Vesterbacka for creating an occupation for a huge number of officials who now know what to do in their free and not-so-free time. I saw them [playing the game] myself many times," Medvedev told Vesterbacka, founder of Finland-based Rovio Mobile, adding, "I do not remember how many Angry Birds products were released but they are likely to appear regularly."
Angry Birds is a puzzle game downloadable to touch screen smartphones, computers and gaming consoles, first released for Apple iOS in December 2009.