Activision said May 25 that it acquired Quebec-based game developer Beenox in a move to boost its presence in Canada.

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) -- Activision said May 25 that it acquired Quebec-based game developer Beenox in a move to boost its presence in Canada.

Activision has worked with Beenox since 2003 on a number of popular titles, including "Shrek 2" and "Tony Hawk's Underground 2."

Under the terms of the agreement, Beenox has become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Activision, and Beenox's management team and key employees have signed long-term employment contracts with Activision. The 32-person team will continue to be based in Canada.

This marks the third acquisition announced by Activision this year. In January, the company said it acquired Troy, N.Y.-based Vicarious Visions, which is developing "Doom 3" for Microsoft's Xbox and "Spider-Man 2" for the next-generation version of Sony's PlayStation, due out next year. Earlier this month, the company said it purchased Toys for Bob, a Novato, Calif.-based developer with which it had worked in the past.

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