Japanese firms pay $1.9b for control of Finnish Supercell

HELSINKI (AFP) - Finnish computer game maker Supercell has sold control of the company for 1.1-billion-euro (S$1.86 billion) to two Japanese investors, SoftBank and GungHo, the Helsinki-based company announced on its website on Tuesday.

"This new partnership will accelerate Supercell towards our goal of being the first truly global games company," the company's chief executive Ilkka Paananen said in a statement, announcing the sale of 51 per cent of the company's shares.