Keywords Studios announces acquisition of visual development studio Volta

Keywords Studios announces acquisition of visual development studio Volta

Keywords Studios announces acquisition of visual development studio Volta 

Keywords Studios, the international technical services provider to the global video games industry, today announces that it has acquired the entire equity share capital of Volta Creation Inc. for a total consideration of CAD$5.25 million from parent company Frima Studio Inc. Volta is a visual development studio dedicated to creating high-end 2D and 3D visuals, with a particular emphasis on concept art, as well as cinematics for video games and film.

Founded in 2006 by Claude Bordeleau, Volta currently employs 25 people in its studio in Quebec City, whilst also managing a long established network of 100 freelance artists, enabling it to offer high quality art to leading game companies around the world including Capcom, Electronic Arts, Machine Zone and Nexon. The acquisition of Volta is in line with Keywords Studios’ strategy to develop its art services line by adding additional capabilities and capacity. Volta’s experience and reputation on concept art creation will also fit perfectly with the other Keywords’ art studios, Lakshya, Liquid Development and Mindwalk.

“The acquisition of concept art specialist, Volta, takes our art service line even further upstream in the game development cycle providing access to creative decision makers and game producers in the earliest phases of the game lifecycle and enabling us to create synergies with our later stage art services,” commented Andrew Day, CEO of Keywords Studios.

“We are delighted to be joining the Keywords Group with its growth ambitions and focus on providing high quality essential services to the video games industry”, said Claude Bordeleau, CEO of Volta.We believe that Volta has a very exciting and valuable role to play within the Group’s Art Services business and we look forward to working with our new colleagues around the world to widen our service offerings to existing and new clients.”

“This transaction fits perfectly in Frima’s growth strategy which is to focus its efforts on the development of 360 entertainment products and thus support the implementation of large-scale projects. We are very proud of Volta’s position in the global market and it was essential for Keywords Studios to ensure the sustainability of what has been built” said Christian Daigle, CEO and Co-Founder of Frima. “The fact that the Quebec dimension of Volta’s expertise was immediately recognized as a competitive advantage was a decisive factor in Frima selecting Keywords Studios as a purchaser.”

For further information, please contact:

Keywords Studios (www.keywordsstudios.com)

Simone Crosignani, PR Manager

+39 02 61866310

scrosignani@keywordsstudios.com

 Frima (www.frimastudio.com)

Hugo Normand, Communications Manager

 +418 930 7628

hugo.normand@frimastudio.com

About Keywords Studios (www.keywordsstudios.com)

Keywords Studios is an international technical services provider to the global video games industry. Established in 1998, and now with facilities in Dublin, Rio de Janeiro, Montreal, Quebec City, Portland, Mexico City, Los Angeles, Seattle, Tokyo, Singapore, New Delhi, Pune, Rome, Milan, Barcelona, Madrid, Taipei, Shanghai, Beijing, Manila, Hamburg, Paris and London, it provides integrated art creation, localisation, testing, audio and customer care services across 50 languages and 14 games platforms to a blue chip client base in more than 15 countries.  It has a strong market position, providing services to 20 of the top 25 most prominent games companies, including Microsoft, Supercell, King, Bandai Namco, Sony, Konami, Electronic Arts, 2K, and Square Enix. Recent titles worked on include Tom Clancy’s The Division, Halo 5: Guardians, Batman: Arkham Knight, Street Fighter V, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Clash Royale, Mobile Strike. Keywords is listed on AIM, the London Stock Exchange regulated market (KWS.L).

About Volta (www.volta.ca) 

Volta is a leading visual development studio dedicated to creating high-end 2D and 3D visuals, as well as cinematics for video games. Established in Quebec City in 2006, Volta’s veteran team has delivered hundreds of projects to the world’s most celebrated video-game companies. Services include concepts for characters, environments and vehicles, production art pipeline support, marketing art and a full range of 3D and cinematic services.

About Frima (www.frimastudio.com) 

Frima is a leader in the entertainment and innovation industry. Since its creation in 2003, the company has developed a wide range of digital products, from video games to visual effects to animation. Frima’s know-how also includes virtual reality, augmented reality, and connected toys. In addition to working in close collaboration with such prominent partners as LEGO, Mattel, Oddworld, Zynga, Ubisoft, Hasbro, and Electronic Arts, Frima’s original property division has released several hit titles, the likes of Chariot, Nun Attack, Zombie Tycoon, and FATED. With over 400 industry professionals on-board, the studio launches high-quality products that stand out both artistically and technologically.

Source: Official press release from Keywords Studios