15th Dec 2020

Keywords Studios to Acquire US-Based High Voltage Software

Keywords Studios today announces that it has entered into an agreement to acquire High Voltage Software (HVS), a privately owned provider of game development services to the video games industry, for a total consideration of up to US$50m.

Founded in 1993 by Kerry Ganofsky, who will continue leading the studio within Keywords Studios, High Voltage is an end-to-end, full-service, AAA game developer based near Chicago, Illinois, with a subsidiary studio in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Andrew Day, CEO of Keywords Studios commented: “With its 27-year pedigree of game development in the global video games market, High Voltage brings incredible experience, expertise and additional scale to our fast growing Game Development Service Line.

“The multi-talented team at HVS brings deep expertise in the Unreal Game Engine development environment, honed particularly well in recent years through working closely with Epic Games on Fortnite, as well as a track record of having worked with many client proprietary game engines, gaming platforms and game genres, which all adds further breadth and depth to Keywords Studios’ existing capabilities.

“It also adds a new presence in Chicago, and in New Orleans, for the Group, providing access to an additional pool of talent.  I am very pleased indeed to welcome Kerry and the crew at HVS to the Keywords Studios family and look forward to enabling their continued growth as part of the Group.”

HVS has grown strongly in recent years, and with its substantial team of highly talented game development professionals has shipped more than 100 games across all genres and platforms and lists game franchises such as Fortnite, Saints Row, Mortal Kombat, Hunter the Reckoning, The Conduit, and Lego Racers amongst its notable credits. 

In their 27 years as an end-to-end development solution, High Voltage has shipped more than 100 games, from the 8-bit days of the NES to the current cutting-edge platforms.

Kerry Ganofsky said of the announcement: “We are overjoyed to join an industry-leading global group such as Keywords Studios. We are tremendously excited they share our vision for augmenting our development capabilities and they will provide us the ability to embark upon a growth trajectory for our business creating the next generation of AAA games.

“Furthermore, Keywords Studios’ investment in our studio is an outstanding sign for the continued expansion of game development in Illinois and Louisiana.

“We genuinely look forward to working together with everyone at Keywords Studios and fulfilling a noteworthy role in this new journey with them.”

Keywords Studios delivers full-game development, co-development, porting and tool development services to global video games publishers and developers. Learn more about our Game Development services.

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