Vivendi buy swordfish studios

Discussion in 'Rugby Video Games & Apps' started by esoj, Jun 16, 2005.

  1. esoj

    esoj Guest

    saw this on this morning. Looks like trev , Ian and the rest of the team will have more money and resources.

    Vivendi snaps up Swordfish
    Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games) has acquired independent game developer Swordfish Studios, developer of World Championship Rugby and this year's forthcoming Rugby Challenge 2006 and Ricky Ponting International Cricket games. Under terms of the agreement, VU Games will retain Swordfish Studios' UK-based team of 45 development professionals. Financial terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.
    "Swordfish Studios has emerged as a strong creative force with an experienced and talented group of professionals," said Bruce Hack, CEO of VU Games. "Following the integration of Radical Entertainment into the VU Games organisation and Blizzard Entertainment's acquisition of Swingin' Ape Studios earlier this year, the purchase of Swordfish further builds our internal development capabilities."

    Trevor Williams, Managing Director of Swordfish, will continue to lead the studio in the same role and will report to Peter Della Penna, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Product Development for VU Games. The studio will remain in its current office in Birmingham, England.

    Swordfish Studios, founded in 2002, has earned several awards for excellence in game development, including "Developer of the Year" for 2004 by The Independent Game Developers Association. It was also honoured as the best "New UK Studio" at the Developer Industry Excellence Awards.

    Future products in development at Swordfish Studios will be announced at a later date. The studio just completed development on VU Games'TM PS2 first-person shooter, Cold Winter.

    Swordfish is currently working on Brian Lara/Ricky Ponting International Cricket 2005 for the Sony PlayStation 2, Microsoft Xbox and PC platforms, in addition to two undisclosed titles. For more information, visit
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  3. loratadine

    loratadine Guest

    good find - this can only be good for rugby challenge 2006
  4. esoj

    esoj Guest

    well i sure hope so especially on things like budget and marketing distribution and perhaps other things like buying licenses but maybe its bit late to get any more licenses for this version or for the southern hemispher
  5. gjohn85

    gjohn85 Guest

    I bet thats why they haven't been on here for a while!

    Nice on Swordfish
  6. locksley

    locksley Guest

    I don't like to put a dampner on things, but I fear that this "Takeover" Could see the End of Swordfish Studios Involvement with Rugby and Cricket Games. [​IMG]
  7. cavan

    cavan Guest

    boo... sellouts! lol, no hopefully this deal is to the benefit or rugby gaming in many ways.
  8. ak47

    ak47 Guest

    i will put a dampner on that comment and say:
    The sales of these games will decide their future [​IMG]
  9. -JJ-

    -JJ- Guest

    What games are Vivendi associated with? (Can't be bothered googling)
  10. ak47

    ak47 Guest

    cold winter? - i think?
  11. nik

    nik Guest

    heaps of games...half life 1 n 2..warcraft 3..some lord of the rings craft
    not many well known sports games though

    checkout there website
  12. awesome find

    hopefully we could get some more indepth news from ian and trevor!
  13. kinkon89

    kinkon89 Guest


    *stares at the door*
  14. gjohn85

    gjohn85 Guest

    *Standing next to Kinkon staring at the door wondering WTF we are doing staring at the door*
  15. loratadine

    loratadine Guest

    i dont know though locksley, maybe vivendi are hoping to expand there horizons and bring in a variety of genres to there consumers.
  16. kinkon89

    kinkon89 Guest

    *Still staring at the door, wondering if gjohn85 has any money*
  17. ..::ERIC::..

    ..::ERIC::.. Guest

    Aslong as they keep this place open I'm fine.
  18. Ripper

    Ripper Guest

  19. ..::ERIC::..

    ..::ERIC::.. Guest

    Or .tk, is JJs backup still on?
  20. gjohn85

    gjohn85 Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE </div>
    *Still staring at the door & offers Kinkon some money & wonders why does he need money* [​IMG]
  21. Los Lover

    Los Lover Guest

    I have two words for all rugby game programmers -


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