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Keywords Studios PLC (KWS)


Tuesday 21 December, 2021

Keywords Studios PLC

Acquisitions of Waste Creative and Wicked Witch

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Keywords Studios PLC
21 December 2021

21 December 2021

Keywords Studios plc   ("Keywords Studios", "Keywords", "the Group")


Acquisitions of  Waste Creative and Wicked Witch


Waste Creative adds specialist player community management and performance marketing


Acquisition of Wicked Witch furthers Keywords' expansion strategy in Australia


Keywords Studios, the international technical and creative services provider to the global video games industry, today announces that it has acquired Waste Creative Limited ("Waste Creative") [1] and Wicked Witch Software Pty Limited ("Wicked Witch") [2]


Waste Creative is a digital creative marketing agency based in London. Founded by Visar Statovci and Mike Petricevic in 2006, Waste Creative's talented team of 70 people provides strategy and creative production services, including player community management, for mobile video game creators, including Supercell, Nintendo and Riot Games.  In addition, the studio provides advice on the go-to-market strategy for new games and content as well as delivering high-speed, high-quality digital asset creation.  Visar Statovci, Mike Petricevic and the entire team will remain with the business. 


The acquisition will help to address the increasing demand from the Group's client base for games as a service support covering the full marketing lifespan of games, from pre-launch support to post launch ongoing support, with a focus on community engagement and retention.


Waste Creative is forecast to generate revenue of £6.0m in the year ending 30 June 2022.  Under the terms of the acquisition, Keywords will pay up to £9.8m comprising initial consideration of £2.2m in a mix of cash and shares and up to £7.6m in a mix of cash and shares dependent on the performance of the business over the three years from completion. 


Wicked Witch is a 73 person video game development studio in Melbourne, Australia. Founded in 2001, Wicked Witch has an established track record in video game and graphic application development on a range of platforms including PC, mobile, PlayStation, Xbox and Switch. The studio works for large publishers including Microsoft and Riot Games as well as Australian based developers and publishers. 


Wicked Witch is forecast to generate revenue of US$6m in 2022 and has been acquired in return for a cash payment of US$6.5m. The acquisition follows Keywords' investment in Tantalus Media Pty Limited ("Tantalus") in March 2021. Tantalus and Wicked Witch have an established working partnership and will continue to collaborate closely on certain large projects. Steve Dauterman will lead Wicked Witch, backed by the experienced existing management team. 


Bertrand Bodson  (CEO of Keywords Studios) commented:


"We are delighted to have further strengthened the Keywords group by adding such talented teams in London and Melbourne.


"I am delighted to welcome Visar, Mike and the talented Waste Creative team to Keywords.  We are really looking forward to working with Waste Creative's highly skilled and experienced team. Games as a service marketing support with a focus on community growth and fan retention are areas of increasing importance to our clients and Waste Creative will help us meet that growing demand and provide them with extensive and more integrated marketing solutions.


"We are thrilled that Wicked Witch is joining Keywords.  This is our second acquisition in Australia in 2021, as we execute against our strategy of expansion in the region.  Wicked Witch's skilled and talented team is a great addition to our game development service line and will increase our ability to meet clients' strong demand for technical development solutions.  We look forward to supporting Steve and the team and investing in the studio's next phase of growth."


Visar Statovci (Co-Founder of Waste Creative) commented:


"We are thrilled to join Keywords and by the opportunities that being part of this industry leading global business will present for our clients and team.  By working with Keywords, we will be able to expand our services to meet our clients' full marketing needs from early access / beta launch stage to the ongoing growth, retention and management of their player and fan communities."  


Steve Dauterman (Wicked Witch Studio Head) commented:


"We are very excited to join our friends at Tantalus as part of the Keywords group and to help to expand the business in Australia and beyond. The acquisition will help accelerate our growth and provide our clients and staff with the opportunities that come with joining this industry leading global business. We are looking forward to the next phase in the studio's development as part of the Keywords group".


For further information, please contact:


  Keywords Studios  (

  Bertrand Bodson, Chief Executive Officer

  Jon Hauck, Chief Financial Officer

  Joseph Quinn, Investor Relations

+353 190 22 730


  Numis Securities

  Stuart Skinner/Kevin Cruickshank/Will Baunton


+44 20 7260 1000


  MHP Communications (Financial PR)

  Katie Hunt/Charles Hirst



+44 20 3128 8193

[email protected]


About Keywords Studios ( )

Keywords Studios is an international technical services provider to the global video games industry. Established in 1998, and now with over 70 facilities in 23 countries strategically located in Asia, Australia, the Americas and Europe, it provides integrated art creation, marketing services, game development, testing, localization, audio and player support services across more than 50 languages and 16 games platforms to a blue-chip client base of over 950 clients across the globe.

Keywords Studios has a strong market position, providing services to 23 of the top 25 most prominent games companies. Across the games and entertainment industry, clients include Activision Blizzard, Bandai Namco, Bethesda, Electronic Arts, Epic Games, Konami, Microsoft, Netflix, Riot Games, Square Enix, Supercell, TakeTwo, Tencent and Ubisoft. Recent titles worked on include Anthem, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Valorant, League of Legends, Fortnite, Clash Royale and Doom Eternal. Keywords Studios is listed on AIM, the London Stock Exchange regulated market (KWS.L).


About Waste Creative ( )

Waste Creative is an award winning creative agency that connects video game and entertainment brands with their fans to drive creativity, culture, and commercial success.  Waste Creative specialises in player acquisition and retention, built around community listening and high-speed, high-quality content creation.  Clients include Supercell (Clash of Clans, Brawl Stars), Nintendo (TV and integrated marketing campaigns), Riot Games (League of Legends), Ubisoft, Sega, Verizon Media and Zynga.


About Wicked Witch (

Wicked Witch is a long-established leading video game developer based in Melbourne, Australia. 

Wicked Witch develops games and graphics applications on a wide range of platforms including PC, mobile, PlayStation, Xbox, Switch and VR.  During its 20 year history the studio has developed software in the capacity of work for hire, co-development, and has created original content with partners in Australia and globally.  During this time Wicked Witch has worked with some of the biggest brands in Australia and around the world.




[1] Keywords acquired Waste Holdings Limited which wholly owns Waste Creative

[2] Keywords acquired Jurango Pty Limited which wholly owns Wicked Witch




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