Angry Birds: Landing soon at a Starbucks near you?

The maker of the blockbuster Angry Birds action puzzle game is in talks with Starbucks to partner on promotions for the gam inside the Seattle-based coffee chain’s ubiquitous stores.

One of the ideas they’re discussing: Setting up electronic leaderboards inside Starbucks to tout the game’s best players.

That’s the word from Bloomberg News, in a story quoting Wibe Wagemans, a senior vice president with Angry Birds maker Rovio Entertainment of Espoo, Finland. He describes the potential Starbucks partnership as part of a broader push to bring Angry Birds to the “real world” through merchandise and other in-store tie-ins.

Another possibility is offering virtual goods related to Angry Birds in Starbucks stores. Starbucks has recently been following a similar path with Apple, offering free premium apps and other digital downloads as an extra incentive for people to visit its coffee shops.

We’ve contacted a Starbucks representative for comment on the Bloomberg report, and we’ll update this post depending on what we hear back.

Previously: Geek of the Week: Stephen Gillett, Starbucks digital chief


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