Keywords Studios sets up support services business in Manila

Video game globalization and localization firm Keywords Studios is setting up a support services business in the Philippines by acquiring Manila-based video games support firm Ankama Asia Pte Ltd. Ankama currently provides live support services to the games developed by French group Ankama SAS. The acquisition will transfer the live operations team to Keywords Studios, which will also retain contracts to continue providing services to the games company. Keywords also intends to expand its workforce in Manila significantly to provide support services to its other clients. It currently has 23 staff at its Manila operation. Keywords chief executive Andrew Day said the Philippines is a well-established territory for competitively priced support services.