Keywords snaps up UK games studio Climax

Date Type Companies involved Size
April 23rd, 2021 acquisition Climax Studios
Keywords Studios
Not disclosed
Keywords snaps up UK games studio Climax

Games services giant Keywords Studios has acquired UK developer Climax.

No figure has been put on the deal, but it brings a team of 109 people into the games giant's stable. Climax has previously worked with the likes of Sony, Microsoft, Codemasters and EA.

"We are delighted that Simon and the highly talented Climax team are joining the Keywords family," Keywords' joint interim CEO Jon Hauck said.

"Climax brings a wealth of expertise, adds significant scale to our rapidly growing Game Development Service Line and provides access to a new pool of talent from its base in Portsmouth.

“The studio’s excellent track record of high quality delivery spans more than 30 years, with its services in high demand from some of the largest names in the industry. We are very excited about the experience and opportunities that Climax will bring to Keywords, and our clients, and we look forward to enabling their continued growth as part of the Group.”

Climax CEO Simon Gardner added: “We are very excited about joining Keywords and the opportunities that being part of an industry leading global business will open up to our clients and our team.

“Keywords Studios shares our growth ambitions and their investment will support the delivery of a wider range of top quality services and products to our clients. We are looking forward to working closely with everyone at Keywords and to start playing our part in the impressive journey of the wider business.”

Keywords recently acquired Australian developer Tantalus Media.

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