Keywords Studios to acquire Age of Empires game developer

Sandyford-based gaming giant Keywords Studios has announced their acquisition of Canadian firm Smoking Gun extending a prolific period of M&A deals.

This agreement follows Keywords Studios’ acquisitions of US games development studio Forgotten Empires and Australian game testing services company Mighty Games over the summer.

Other recent acquisitions include London-based digital creative marketing agency Waste Creative and Melbourne-based games development studio Wicked Witch.

Keywords Studios has been in business since 1998 and now operates all over the world.

According to Bertrand Bodson, CEO of Keywords Studios, Smoking Gun’s expertise in casual and real-time strategy development for mobile games combined with its experience in live operations games support are “valuable extensions” of his business’s client offering.

The founders of Smoking Gun said they are excited to join the Keywords group, adding that the move would “help accelerate Smoking Gun’s growth and provide opportunities to build, deliver and support more award-winning titles” in the future.

Article Published: 22/09/2022