Rovio has confirmed to the Washington Post that it did not license Angry Birds to North Korea’s new Android tablet called Samjiyon. However that didn’t stop the tablet from coming preloaded with a pirated version of the game. Samjiyon has actually been getting some very good early reviews and it looks like it is a decent 7-inch tablet.
In fact many tourists are buying the device in Pyongyang for less than $200. The price for the North Korean elite bureaucrats? Closer to $100. Rank in a brutal government has its privileges I guess.
The launch of the tablet is a key part of Kim Jong-un’s campaign to improve North Korea’s image, although maybe he should not have pirated Angry Birds. Not that he cares what the rest of the world thinks. You may have seen him palling around with Dennis Rodman or heard that he is planning a visit to China. All part of his PR campaign to win his people over. Lest you forget who we are dealing with and think that he is cool because he just wants people to have Angry Birds, remember that up to 20,000 concentration camp victims are suspected of having been exterminated recently. We wonder how many of his people were swayed by getting a cool tablet with angry birds on it. Hopefully many aren’t so dense as that.