Swordfish Studios

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Swordfish Studios Limited
Type Subsidiary
Industry Video games
Headquarters Birmingham, UK
Key people
Trevor Williams
Parent Vivendi Games (2005-2008)
Codemasters (2008-2010)

Swordfish Studios Limited was a British video game developer based in Birmingham founded by Trevor Williams and Joan Finnegan (wife of Paul Finnegan, former managing director of Rage Software Limited) in September 2002. [1]


Games developed by the company include two best selling International Rugby titles, including World Championship Rugby . Others include Brian Lara International Cricket 2005 and Cold Winter . In 2004, Swordfish Studios was named 'Developer of the Year' by The Independent Games Developers Association.

Swordfish Studios was acquired by Vivendi Universal Games in June 2005, becoming a fully owned studio of Sierra Entertainment, then acquired by Codemasters on 15 November 2008 after an agreement with Activision Blizzard. [2] It is now known as Codemasters Birmingham. The studio closed down in 2010. Many of the former Swordfish Studios employees have been hired by Crytek UK.

Games developed

PS2 Xbox Win OS X X360 PS3 Mobile
2004 World Championship Rugby Acclaim Entertainment Sports YesYesYesNoNoNoNo
2005 Brian Lara International Cricket 2005 Codemasters Sports YesYesYesNoNoNoNo
2005 Cold Winter Vivendi Universal Games First-person shooter YesNoNoNoNoNoNo
2009 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand THQ Third-person shooter NoNoNoNoYesYesNo
2010Gedda HeadzSwordfish Studios Multiplayer NoNoNoNoNoNoYes

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  2. "Codemasters Acquires Swordfish Studios". Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2014-07-06.