Keywords acquires developer Smoking Gun

Services and software giant Keywords has made yet another acquisition.

The firm has agreed to buy Canadian developer Smoking Gun, a studio who has worked on PC, console and mobile titles. The Vancouver-based outfit has worked with publishers such as Microsoft and Netflix. No figure has been put on the deal. 

“We are very excited to be joining Keywords,” Smoking Gun’s John Johnson, Drew Dunlop and Angie Pytlewski said.

“Keywords is an industry leader with an unrivalled range of high-quality services which will help accelerate Smoking Gun’s growth and provide opportunities to build, deliver and support more award-winning titles. We are really looking forward to playing our part in helping to deliver on the strategy of the wider Keywords group by bringing Smoking Gun’s expertise and experience to the Group’s client offering.”

Keywords CEO Bertrand Bodson added: “We are delighted to welcome John, Drew, Angie and the highly skilled Smoking Gun team to Keywords. Smoking Gun has a 15-year history of high-quality game development and the studio’s expertise in casual and RTS development for mobile games combined with its experience in live operations games support are valuable extensions of our client offering. The acquisition builds on our presence in the Vancouver area, which is a rich source of talent and one of North America’s video gaming hubs. We are really looking forward to working with the Smoking Gun team and supporting the studio’s continuing growth as part of the Group.”

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