20th Aug 2018

Keywords Studios acquires Studio Gobo and Electric Square, expanding Engineering Service Line

Keywords Studios, the international technical services provider to the global video games industry, today announces that it has acquired Studio Gobo Ltd. and Electric Square Ltd.

Gobo provides game development services to video game developers and publishers around the world from its Studio Gobo and Electric Square studios based across three studio locations in Brighton and Hove, UK.

Founded in 2011 by game industry veterans, Gobo employs 170 software engineers, artists, animators, game designers, quality assurance testers and producers. Gobo works with game developers and publishers in a number of different operational models to deliver its services. These services include:

• Full game development in which Gobo will develop the game from concept to completion on behalf of the owner of the game franchise.
• Co-development in which a portion of the game’s development is assigned to Gobo whose team work alongside the client’s development team.
• Live operations in which Gobo develops new features and downloadable content packages to ensure the games they support continue to keep players excited and engaged.
• Porting services in which Gobo will adapt a game to run on a different platform (for example a mobile or Nintendo Switch version).

Over the years, Gobo has worked on top games franchises such as Disney Infinity, Ubisoft’s For Honor, and Microsoft’s newest racing game, Miami Street.

Gobo adds considerable expertise and scale to Keywords’ new and growing video game development business. It significantly increases Keywords’ access to the UK’s talent pool of video games developers, growing our total UK game development team to 220, in combination with our existing 50-strong team at d3t, whilst also expanding our worldwide game development team, which includes Snowed In, Sperasoft, and GameSim, by over a third to 610 people.

Remarking on this latest acquisition, Andrew Day, CEO of Keywords Studios, commented: “we are delighted to welcome Studio Gobo and Electric Square to the Keywords family. By significantly enhancing our game development services in both scale and expertise, these studios together with recently acquired Snowed In, Sperasoft, d3t and GameSim help position Keywords as a go to game development partner and give us ever greater visibility of games in the pipeline, at the outset of their development.

“The acquisition further expands the number of the world’s leading game companies who use our development services. As winner of GamesIndustry.biz’s Best Places to Work 2017 award, its Brighton and Hove locations and strong culture is also a major draw for talent around the UK and beyond.

“We look forward to working closely with Gobo’s highly talented team to build upon their strong industry reputation and relationships with some of the world’s leading games developers and publishers.”

Tony Beckwith, Chief Executive Officer of Gobo further commented: “we are excited about joining the Keywords Studios family. As we look to build upon our strong foundations, Keywords leading position in the video games industry, its breadth of services and its geographical reach will provide us with a strong and broader platform from which to deliver our ambitious growth plans. We also look forward to working collaboratively with other members of the Group in offering wider capabilities to all our clients.”

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