Tech Capital
EPIC: KWS
Market: AIM
52-week High/Low: 850.00p / 240.00p
Sector: Technology Hardware & Equipment
Market Cap: 443.60M
Phone: +353 190 22 730
Address: Whelan House, South County Business Park, Dublin 18, Ireland.
Website: www.keywordsstudios.com

Keywords is an international technical service provider to the global Video Game Industry with studios in Dublin, London, Barcelona, Milan, Rome, Tokyo, Singapore, Shanghai, New Delhi, Pune, Montreal, Seattle, Los Angeles and Rio de Janeiro. With over 1,500 games passionate employees around the world, we provide a range of translation, testing, audio, customer care and art production services to Video Game Developers and Publishers alike.  Our brands include Keywords, Babel Media, Binari Sonori, Lakshya Digital, Alchemic Dream, Reverb, Kite Team, Liquid Development and Liquid Violet.

 

Keywords Studios PLC

www.keywordsstudios.com

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Our experience and dedication to the entire market for video games regardless of platform, genre, and distribution channel and throughout the lifecycle of a game from concept to live operations support across the globe us help our clients develop and maintain games that connect with their core audience, no matter what language they speak.

Headquartered in Dublin, Keywords works globally. Our business is international in every sense so we are available to clients in the Americas and Asia just as we are available to those based in Europe. With operations covering all major time zones, we provide our services around the clock. With studios located in major clusters of game industry activity, we are conveniently close to clients and have points of contact ready to speak with our customers during all global business hours.

Keywords was established in 1998. Thanks to our unique approach, our passion and our relentless commitment, the company has witnessed a steady and constant growth throughout the years with 120 permanent staff, flexing to over 1000 at peak times, who are all highly experienced professionals and passionate gamers.

We help our customers to strengthen their brands and increase sales while reducing globalization costs. At Keywords, we are committed to delivering exceptional service and extraordinary quality standards. Leading video games companies around the world rely on Keywords for our:

Industry Expertise

Dedication to Excellence

Proactive Thinking

Problem-Solving Skills

Our Solutions are equally suitable for companies with their own, internal Localization department and for those companies that want us to be their Globalization department. We can run your localization processes from A to Z, taking care of your projects, improving your global brand-recognition, and optimizing your costs, or even tailor a  solution to work alongside your existing arrangements to best meet  your requirements.

Functional Testing

Here at Keywords we are aware of the need for thorough QA on all titles. Poor QA could affect sales and perceived quality of titles. Our team is here to help find the most difficult of issues and improve the stability of your titles. 

The services we have available for you are as follows:

FUNCTIONALITY QA

Structured coverage to ensure that every feature of the title works as intended and that the title is robust enough to handle user input edge cases, such as the following:

  • Interrupts
  • Peripheral Handling
  • Load and Save Stability

Game-specific test cases are generated on a project-by project basis, which will cover platform-specific use cases, title-specific functionality, edge case testing and explorative testing. Video capture devices will be used on all work stations to increase productivity and also ensure that screenshots/videos are applied to all bugs, ensuring you receive all vital information.

COMPLIANCE FUNCTIONALITY QA

Based on guidelines defined by the first party publishers (TRCs, TCRs, Lotcheck), rigorous testing will be performed on any title to ensure it matches these defined expectations. Examples include:

  • Naming Conventions & Error messages
  • Save Data Handling
  • Save flows
  • Networking
  • BVTs and FTCs

Test cases will be executed depending on the stage of the project. Rounds of Compliance can be done on projects with weekly build deliveries, or more frequent schedules, depending on your preference.

With Compliance FQA, we can also offer recommendations on the readiness of your games, based on the bugs we have encountered during testing. This will help you in deciding if a title is ready to submit or not, potentially saving you the cost of resubmission.

ACCESSIBILITY TESTING

This is testing to ensure that a title can be played in multiple environments by all types of people. It will mainly concentrate on the questions you should be asking yourself when performing accessibility testing and how to structure your testing in order to make gameplay as broad and accessible as possible. It is recommended that this is done during the pre-Alpha stage of development, as changes are easy to suggest and implement. This can also be done in conjunction with FQA.

For information on other services please click here

 

 

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ROSS GRAHAM (68) – INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND CHAIRMAN:

Ross Graham has extensive executive and non-executive experience in the technology sector. He worked from 1987 to 2003 at Misys plc, a global financial software product and solutions provider. He joined Misys as Finance Director upon its flotation, latterly becoming corporate development director, where he played a key role in developing and implementing its acquisition strategy. Ross also held a non-executive directorship at Psion plc from 2005 until 2012 when that company was successfully sold to Motorola Solutions Inc. During his time at Psion, he held various roles including the senior independent directorship and chairman of the audit and remuneration committees. He is currently a non-executive director at Wolfson Microelectronics Plc and was previously the audit committee chairman. Ross qualified as a chartered accountant with Arthur Young in 1969 and was made a partner of that firm in 1981. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales.

 

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ANDREW DAY (52) – GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER:

Andrew has a background in technology, manufacturing and business services through corporate development and general management roles within both publicly quoted and private companies.  Andrew started his career in 1983 at Rothmans International PLC in production management.  From 1986 to 1993 he had responsibility for corporate development activities at Britannia Security Group PLC, TIP Europe PLC and Brent International PLC before holding the position of Divisional Managing Director at Brent International PLC for six years.  Andrew was Chief Executive Officer of interactive retail software developer, Unipower Solutions and Head of Retail and CPG for EMEA at NYSE listed advanced analytics business, FICO before joining Keywords as its Chief Executive Officer in April 2009.

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DAVID BRODERICK (42) GROUP FINANCE DIRECTOR:

David Broderick has extensive experience of working as a senior member of management teams within a number of high growth international businesses.  In his previous role as CFO of Dublin-based Arconics, a high-growth aviation software company, David was a key member of the senior team driving growth and developing the group’s strategy.  Prior to this, David was the Finance Director of European regional airline, Stobart Air (formerly Aer Arann), during a period of significant growth in 2013-2014.  David also spent eight years (2005-2013) at Europe’s largest low-cost airline, Ryanair Holdings plc, the latter six years of which were spent as Head of Investor Relations and overseeing the group’s Inflight Sales Unit’s finances and operations. His early career was spent with Deloitte and he is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. David was appointed to the role of Group Finance Director in October 2016.

 

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DAVID REEVES (68) – INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR:

David has spent over 30 years in management roles within multinational companies.  He began his career as an operational research consultant before moving overseas with RJ Reynolds Nabisco where he worked from 1979 to 1991, becoming the Marketing Director in 1986 and Worldwide Marketing Director in 1989.  In 1991, David served as the General Manager and Vice President of Marketing in Tokyo for Mitsubishi Shoji JV Technology Company.  David has considerable experience in the computer entertainment industry.  David was the Managing Director for Sony Computer Entertainment (PlayStation) from 1995 until his appointment as its Executive Vice President in 1999 and President in 2003. Throughout his career, David has developed knowledge of the various working styles of European, American and Asian corporations.  He was appointed to the Board of Keywords Studios Limited on 29 May 2013.

 

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GIORGIO GUASTALLA (46) – NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR:

Giorgio Guastalla is co-founder of Keywords. Prior to establishing Keywords in Ireland in 1998, Giorgio held various positions in marketing and IT at Brent International PLC based in the US, Spain, UK and France. In 2002 Giorgio founded Italicatessen Ltd, a company operating in the food sector. Giorgio was CEO of Keywords until 2009 before concentrating on his other business interests and moving to a non-executive director role at Keywords Studios.

MAJOR SHAREHOLDER INFORMATION (>3% HOLDING)

AS AT 30 SEPTEMBER 2016

P.E.Q. Holdings Ltd(1):   14.68%
Invesco Perpetual:  7.30%
Andrew Day:  7.00%
Schroder Investment Management:  6.78%
BlackRock:  6.36%
Kabouter Management: 5.89%
Liontrust Asset Management:  5.57%
River and Mercantile Asset Management: 5.04%
Hargreave Hale, stockbrokers: 4.47%
Hargreave Hale, stockbrokers: (ND) 3.08%

 

Keywords International Ltd.

Whelan House

South County Business Park

Dublin 18

Ireland

Tel. +353 190 22 730

Fax. +353 190 22 774

 

Keywords International Inc.

Redmond Technology Center

18300 Redmond Way, Suite 120

Redmond, WA, USA

98052

 

Keywords International Pte Ltd

20 Kallang Avenue, #06-6A,

Lobby B, Pico Creative Centre,

Singapore 339411

Tel: +65 6709 8680

Fax: +65 6297 0366

 

Keywords International Co., Ltd.

2F Toshin Building

4-33-10 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku,

Tokyo 151-0053

TEL: +81 3 4588 6760

FAX: +81 3 3375 1518

 

Keywords Studios Shanghai

Room 142 Building 7 No. 311 JinGao Road, PuDong Dist.

Shanghai,

China

 

Babel Media Ltd

1751 Rue Richardson

bureau 8400, Montreal

Québec, Canada H3K 1G6

Phone: +1 514-904-3700

Fax: +1 514-788-1405

 

Keywords Italia Srl

Via Tiberio Imperatore 15

00145 Rome

Italia

Tel. +39 06 44 20 25 21

Fax. +39 06 44 11 92 17

NUMIS (FINANCIAL ADVISER)

Stuart Skinner / Kevin Cruickshank (Nominated Adviser)

James Serjeant (Corporate Broker)

+44 20 7260 1000

 

MHP COMMUNICATIONS (FINANCIAL PR)

Katie Hunt / Vicky Watkins

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+44 20 3128 8100

 

BROWN RUDNICK LLP (SOLICITORS)

Lena Hodge / Mark Dorff / Tracy Fisher

John Barker / Neil Offord

+44 20 7851 6093

 

BDO LLP (AUDITORS)

John Barker / Neil Offord

+44 20 7486 5888

 

CAPITA REGISTRARS LTD (REGISTRAR)

+44 871 664 0300

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