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As one of the UK’s leading game development studios, Sumo Digital is licensed to develop on all the major gaming platforms: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PS Vita, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, as well as mobile and tablet.
Since 2003 our investment in the best tools, technology and staff has ensured Sumo Digital is able to produce quality products that are enjoyed by all ages, but most importantly are delivered on budget, on time and to the highest metacritic.
Our key development experience can be summarised as:
The sensitive, creative, and intelligent use of licensed IP has become one of Sumo’s core competencies. At the 2013 Tiga Game Awards, Sumo won Best Arcade Game (Large Studio) for Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed – SEGA’s bestselling console game of their FY2013, and Outstanding Leadership Award. LittleBigPlanet 3 also won the 2015 DICE award for ‘Best Family Game”.
Co-founder and CEO Sumo Group plc
Carl joined Gremlin Interactive in 1995. Following its acquisition by Infogrames in 1999, he was appointed as European Development Director with responsibility for all internal development studios in the UK, France and Australia.
Carl co-founded Sumo Digital in 2003 and led the management buy-out with NorthEdge Capital in 2014, followed by the formation and successful IPO of the Sumo Group plc, which floated on AIM in December 2017.
He was awarded the TIGA Most Outstanding Individual in 2015 and holds an Honorary Doctorate from Sheffield Hallam University.
Managing Director & Co-founder
Paul co-founded Sumo Digital in 2003 and heads development across multiple studios in the UK and India. His early career at Revolution Software, Gremlin Interactive and Infogrames saw him manage the creation of cross-platform development systems.
Paul’s career in the games industry began in 1988, writing Predator 2 on the C64. After graduating in Electronic & Electrical Engineering with First Class Honours in 1992, he worked for Rolls Royce & Associates in the Scientific Software development before re-joining the industry at Revolution Software
Studio Director & Co-founder
Darren co-founded Sumo Digital in 2003 and is the Studio Director of the Sheffield HQ, overseeing development of high profile licensed IP on PC, console and mobile platforms. Darren’s career in games began at Gremlin Interactive, latterly acquired by Infogrames, where he became Studio Art Director.
Before joining the games industry Darren worked in TV on a variety of programmes and live outside broadcasts aired by channels including the BBC, ITV, Sky News and Sky Sports.
Studio Director, Nottingham
Karl joined Sumo in 2016, to establish and build the Nottingham studio. Previously, as Managing Director of Crytek UK he delivered several successful AAA videogames, including Crysis 2 & 3, and contributed key technology for the CryENGINE technology platform.
Karl ‘s career began at Rare where he was Lead Artist on GoldenEye 007 and Perfect Dark (Nintendo 64), before leaving to become a co-founder and director of Free Radical Design, helping to create the very successful TimeSplitters series of games.
Studio Director, Newcastle
Owen joined Sumo in January 2018, following the acquisition of CCP Games ‘Newcastle studio. A seasoned Executive Producer with over 20 years broad industry experience in publishing and development, Owen has led world class teams for his profile franchises and original IP including Harry Potter and Mirror’s Edge.
At CCP Games he led the creative direction and production of EVE: Valkyrie, a flagship title for virtual reality headsets.
Creative Director, The Chinese Room
Dan joined Sumo in 2018, following the acquisition of The Chinese Room. As Studio Head and Creative Director of The Chinese Room, he led the development of the internationally award-winning titles Dear Esther, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture and So Let Us Melt.
Dan’s experience spans game design, writing and production and he is widely credited for pioneering the ‘walking simulator’ genre of gaming. He’s passionate about first-person games, and this even extends to him having a PhD in First Person Shooters. His role at Sumo will see him oversee the creative evolution of The Chinese Room into new areas of game development for the studio, building on its reputation as one of the most innovative and exciting studios in the UK.
Prior to joining Sumo in Sept 2017, Gary has 15 years of experience in the games industry. His games industry experience includes 7 years as SVP Production at SEGA and VP Studios at Codemasters. He led the growth of Creative Assembly and Sports Interactive whilst at SEGA, and ran the award-winning F1, DIRT and GRID franchises whilst at Codemasters. He is also a member of BAFTA, on the awards judging panel for 7 years.
Sean is a founder member of Sumo, becoming Creative Director in 2011, overseeing the design department and company’s creative vision.
Sean has been designing video games since 1993 and holding a variety of creative roles from Designer to Creative Director at indie developers and large developers/publishers including Virgin Interactive Entertainment, Pure and Gremlin.
Group Production Director
Gary joined Sumo in 2006 as an Executive Producer, becoming Development Director in April 2009. He has held Senior and Executive Producer roles at Infogrames, Runecraft, Blue Monkey Studios
Director of Product Development
Steven joined Sumo in 2011 and brings broad knowledge of all elements of the game production process, combined with a passion for building teams, environments and systems to deliver the most creative entertainment experiences.
He’s held director level and management roles at Electronic Arts, Infogrames and Criterion specialising in game and technology development, operational management and organisational development.
Gary joined Sumo as Development Director in May 2012, having worked closely with the team on Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed.
Prior to Sumo Gary has held development roles at LEGO Interactive, EA Studios SEGA’s European Development and Eidos. He has been involved in a wide range of titles including Alien vs Predator, Hitman and Championship Manager. His career began in1997 at Psygnosis.
Ash started his career in 1989 at Gremlin Graphics writing games for C64, he later progressed onto NES, PC Engine and the Top Gear series of games for the SNES, finally becoming lead programmer on the PS1 version of Loaded before leaving to join Probe Entertainment in 1996. Here he worked as lead programmer on the first two games of the Extreme G franchise as well as becoming involved in much of the shared technology within the studio.
In 2000 he returned to Gremlin (by then part of Infogrames) to work on the PS2 conversion of Wacky Races amongst other titles. After the closure of the Infogrames’ Sheffield studio he was amongst the founder members of Sumo Digital and went on to work on many of their leading product, becoming technical director in 2008.
From award-winning theatre to striking art spaces, arena filling concerts to independent cinema, the great outdoors to inner city pampering, whatever you want to do, Sheffield has it covered!
The range of entertainment in Sheffield is something to be relished.
It’s so diverse and plentiful it can’t be pigeonholed. What that means is there’s always something happening – something to see or hear, something to enjoy, something to entertain you. You’ll find something in the city to suit every taste, every day of the week.
Live music venues in Sheffield
Live music appears to be on every corner whether you want top name pop bands, philharmonic concerts or folk music in a local pub.
The night time economy is an important part of Sheffield’s continued growth as an attractive and vibrant destination. Sheffield City Centre has seen a dramatic transformation in recent years and the awarding of ‘Purple Flag’ status is worthy recognition of what a great place Sheffield is.
With galleries that art lovers dream of, Sheffield takes its art very seriously.
That’s why you’ll discover truly exciting collections housed in traditional grand buildings to light-soaked glass and steel spaces. And whether it’s music, world-class exhibitions, theatre or comedy you’ll be sure to find something entertaining or inspiring in award winning spaces and internationally renowned theatres.
With cultural gems and attractions around every corner hosting constantly changing exhibitions, day-by-day you’ll find something new and exciting to enjoy.
Once the industrial powerhouse of the world, you might be forgiven for expecting Sheffield to be grey, not green…
Don’t be fooled into thinking Sheffield isn’t a city full of wide open spaces, parks, woodland and rural villages, especially as a third of the city lies within the boundaries of the Peak District National Park.
With the Peak District on Sheffield’s doorstep it’s as easy to enjoy an array of outdoor pursuits amongst stunning scenery, as it is to take in the cosmopolitan delights of the city centre.
Why not do both?
Established in 2007 Sumo India is an award-winning development studio working in co-development with our other Sumo studios in the UK with a focus on providing high quality animation, code, design and graphics for all gaming platforms including PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC.
Sumo India’s extensive catalogue of exciting AAA projects includes Crackdown 3, Team Sonic Racing, Project Nova, Dead Island 2, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, Disney Infinity 3.0: Toy Box Speedway, Forza Horizon 2, Virtua Tennis 3, SEGA Superstars Tennis and our very own internal IP, the multiplatform internationally acclaimed Snake Pass.
With further unannounced AAA titles in development, Sumo India offers a unique working environment for the best Artists, Coders, Game Designers, Producers and Programmers in India.
Our office in Pune is in a prime spot in the city with multiple restaurants and bars within walking distance and a large shopping mall with a movie theatre and party facilities. Employees also have free access to our rooftop gym.
We are always looking for talented, creative individuals to complement the team in India and offer competitive benefits, an excellent working environment and the opportunity to work on some of the world’s most exciting and recognisable video games.
The Nottingham studio joined the Sumo Digital family in March of 2016.
Based in the Castle Marina area of the city and with Nottingham castle dominating the skyline, the new studio is a state-of-the-art space dedicated to supporting our creative and talented team of game developers. The environment has been designed to be open, light and bright and to provide a creative and flexible space against which a new team can develop the latest ideas for today’s gaming platforms.
Situated on the edge of Nottingham city centre, the studio has excellent transport links and is easily accessible by road, national rail, bus and Nottingham’s NET tram system.
The Nottingham studio is a real community of game loving, talented people who have a broad set of skills across a diverse range of games types including first-person shooter and racing games. We have been working hard on our first two projects – Team Sonic Racing for Sega and Project Nova for CCP and are about to embark on new projects.
We are looking for talented artists, designers, programmers, producers and support roles to join us in making some fun games. In Nottingham, we work on small and mid-size teams where everyone can contribute and make a big difference to the games we make. Delivering great games and following the Sumo Pathway, you’ll be able to develop your career within a supportive and creative environment.
Our goal is to have fun, making something fun.
Our Newcastle studio was acquired from CCP Games in January 2018, bringing onboard a team with experience across many genres to Sumo. In addition to their broad development skills, the team is also widely recognised for their pioneering and critically-acclaimed expertise in Virtual Reality development.
Now working on an undisclosed third person action game, the studio’s combination of innovative technology and creative experience promises an exciting future.
Sumo Digital Newcastle is recruiting passionate people across all disciplines and levels to add to our established team of experienced game developers. If you’re looking to join a welcoming studio, with great opportunities we would love to hear from you.
The Chinese Room is an award-winning game development studio based in Brighton, best known for creating experimental first-person games such as Dear Esther, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs and most recently, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture.
In August 2018, The Chinese Room and co-founder Dan Pinchbeck joined Sumo Digital and is now in the exciting position of building a new team to continue developing some of their existing prototypes but perhaps most importantly: they are looking to build something new, something bigger, something that joining Sumo enabled them to pursue.
Our environment is relaxed, friendly and built on the basis of every team member having the opportunity to shine and make a positive impact on the games that we create. We believe that work is all about creativity, respect, diversity, fun and togetherness.
As part of the Sumo Digital family, The Chinese Room offers a superb benefits package including generous holidays, flexible working hours, our legendary annual Sumo Big Day Out and an excellent environment to work.
The studio is located in Brighton, which we think is one of the best cities in the south of England. It’s not just home to an amazingly vibrant game development scene, but a cultural hotspot with fantastic food, arts, music, shopping and sports.
Not only that but the studio is right next to a gorgeous park and only a short hop from the city centre, the beach and the South Downs National Park. Gatwick Airport is half an hour away from train, and you can be in Central London in just over an hour. It’s an easy place to love!
The Chinese Room is built on passion, on finding amazing people and letting them shine. If this sounds like somewhere you would like to make games, then we would love to hear from you.
Think you’re ready for the challenge? Then take a look at some of our current positions and come join the Sumo team.
If there are no suitable roles listed but you would like to register your profile and receive emailed job alerts, please submit your CV .
If you have any questions or would like to have a confidential chat about opportunities at Sumo please call our recruitment team on +44 (0)114 2426766
Group Life Assurance Policy
The company provides a Group Life Assurance Policy to all staff, after successful completion of their probation period. The benefit is payable to a designated beneficiary in the event of death by a lump sum of 4 x annual basic salary.
Group Income Protection Policy
The company provides a Group Income Protection Policy which protects the employee and their family for long periods of illness by paying a portion of income equivalent to 75% of basic salary, for a set timescale.
We operate a childcare voucher scheme, which is recognized by the government and offers potential tax benefits to those who participate.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
EAP is a free, completely confidential source of support for employees and their immediate families, which is provided by a professional independent body.
All employees will receive 24 days holiday, in addition to the UK Bank holidays.
Cycle to Work Scheme
The company operates a Cycle to Work Scheme under which the Government offers tax incentives to encourage employees to cycle to work. The scheme is open to all permanent staff with more than 6 months service.
The Company will provide access to a Group Personal Pension Scheme, administered by Scottish Widows.
Sumo offers a flexi time scheme, because we understand just how crucial it is that staff are able to maintain their work/life balance
Charity runs deep in the foundations of the Sumo family where we wholeheartedly support wonderful local causes such as The Children’s Hospital Charity and Sheffield Western Park Hospital as well as national charities like Games Aid, The Prince’s Trust and Special Effect. Not only do we sponsor, donate and raise awareness for our chosen charities as a company, but on an individual basis, our staff are incredibly philanthropic in their own time by abseiling, skydiving, running marathons and working in soup kitchens.
Sumo Digital has long been a supporter of Sheffield Children’s Hospital and in 2016 we are proud to be sponsoring the Volunteer’s award in the Sheffield Children’s Star Awards.
Through a series of charitable events held throughout the year, Games Aid can support a number of smaller charities who help disadvantaged and disabled children and young people. As well as participating in their larger events such as the annual Game’s Aid Golf day, Numerous In-house events such as bake offs, fancy dress days and have enabled Sumo’s staff to generously give their time to raise money for this great cause.
In 2016 Sumo Digital are sponsoring ‘The Get Started Programme’, a week long course for young people aged 16 – 25 who are not engaged in education or employment. The course aims to encourage young people in to a career in the Games Industry, giving not only a games design taster but also the skills to stretch and develop their personal and social abilities.
Game Blast, a 48 hour gaming marathon, is a great way for our staff to indulge in their favourite pastime whilst earning sponsorship money to help change the lives of those who love gaming but struggle to actually use basic gaming equipment. The money raised will help Special Effect to adapt or modify that equipment, making gaming more accessible for those with disabilities. Sumo have also proudly sponsored the start/finish line of the Special Effect 2016 Twin Town Challenge as well as being one of the many UK development studios to enter a team.
Sumo Digital Ltd (Sheffield)
Unit 32 Jessops Riverside,
800 Brightside Lane, Sheffield,
South Yorkshire, S9 2RX,
Sumo Digital Ltd (Nottingham)
Units 15/16 Castlebridge Office Village,
Kirtley Drive, Castle Marina,
Nottingham, NG7 1LD,
Sumo Digital Ltd (Newcastle)
Northern Design Centre
Gateshead, NE8 3DF,
The Chinese Room
179 Preston Road,
Sumo Video Games Private Limited
B-205/206, 2nd Floor,
Wing B of MCCIA Trade Towers,
Senapati Bapat Road,