Swordfish Studios

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Swordfish Studios Limited
IndustryVideo games
SuccessorCodemasters Birmingham
HeadquartersBirmingham, UK
Key people
Trevor Williams
ParentVivendi 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.

On 12 November 2008, Swordfish's Manchester studio was sold to Monumental Games.[2] Swordfish's Birmingham studio was acquired by Codemasters on 15 November 2008 after an agreement with Activision Blizzard.[3] 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[edit]

Year Game Publisher Genre Platform(s)
PS2 Xbox Win OS X X360 PS3 Mobile
2004 World Championship Rugby Acclaim Entertainment Sports Yes Yes Yes No No No No
2005 Brian Lara International Cricket 2005 Codemasters Sports Yes Yes Yes No No No No
2005 Cold Winter Vivendi Universal Games First-person shooter Yes No No No No No No
2009 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand THQ Third-person shooter No No No No Yes Yes No
2010 Gedda Headz Swordfish Studios Multiplayer No No No No No No Yes

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Swordfish Studios Limited". MobyGames. Archived from the original on 25 September 2009. Retrieved 14 August 2009.
  2. ^ "Monumental acquires Swordfish Manchester".
  3. ^ "Codemasters Acquires Swordfish Studios". Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 6 July 2014.

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