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Keywords enters conditional agreement to acquire Helpshift, enhancing existing Player Support and Engagement Capability 

Date Published: 05/12/2022

Keywords Studios, the international technical and creative services provider to the global video games industry, today announces it has entered into a conditional agreement to acquire Helpshift, an innovative consumer-facing digital support platform to enhance its player support and engagement capability. 

Helpshift is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices in India and the UK, and has developed a market leading proprietary software-as-a-service (“SAAS”) customer support automation tool used by clients including Supercell, Tencent and Zynga. The technology efficiently manages and resolves customer support issues in real-time within its clients’ mobile apps, combining conversational AI, automation, translation and agent support. Helpshift is highly complementary to Keywords’ existing player support offering and will enable the business to cover the full spectrum of support needs and service levels within immersive channels like mobile apps, social platforms, gaming consoles, and XR experiences.  

Helpshift will be integrated with Keywords’ Player Support business and will build on the long-standing existing partnership which has seen the two groups work together effectively for the benefit of many clients. This will further be enhanced by Keywords’ Kantan AI studio, which utilises a highly advanced machine translation tool and will expand the number of languages supported in-app by Helpshift’s platform and facilitate more efficient multilingual player support to the benefit of clients. 

By combining these capabilities with Helpshift, Keywords will create a market leading customer support platform. It will leverage Helpshift’s technology for an efficient consumer experience whilst enabling a team of 2,000 experienced player support agents to provide higher value interactions, and together, creates an unrivalled offering for customers. 

Bertrand Bodson, CEO of Keywords Studios commented:

“We are excited to welcome the talented Helpshift team to Keywords after partnering with them for a number of years. We have seen first-hand the power of their technology and its ability to improve player engagement and retention. We believe being able to deliver a holistic player experience solution will be a compelling offering for our clients and further support our strategic partnership ambitions with them. We are really looking forward to working with the team and supporting their growth as we continue to deliver against our long-term strategy for the Group.” 

Eric Vermillion, CEO of Helpshift, commented:

“Helpshift is thrilled to join Keywords, and we believe that by becoming part of the Group we will drive the long-term growth of our platform and create tremendous value for our customers. We are excited to be able to combine with KantanAI and Player Support to provide a holistic, modern support journey fusing conversational AI, automation, translation, agent support, and more. Together, we will be able to cover the full spectrum of support needs and service levels, applying Helpshift’s technology for efficiency and the seamless experience consumers want, and leveraging Keywords’ agents to provide higher value-add interactions. We are looking forward to paving the road for the future of support with the wider Keywords group."