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Founded in 2003, Sumo Digital has grown from the initial 15 people to over 300 across its HQ in Sheffield, UK; Art Studio in Pune, India and most recently, a cutting edge, third studio in Nottingham, UK.
As one of the UK’s leading game development studios, Sumo Digital is licensed to develop on all the major gaming platforms: Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PS Vita, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, 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”.
CEO & Co-founder
Carl joined Gremlin in 1995 as Quality & Systems Manager and within three years was promoted to Studio Manager responsible for internal development. Following the acquisition of Gremlin by Infogrames (Now Atari), Carl was appointed to UK Development Director and soon after took responsibility for European Development including all internal development studios in the UK, France and Australia.
Before joining Gremlin, Carl worked for a bespoke software solution developer. Carl also spent two years lecturing in the syllabus of the Institute of Quality Assurance (IQA). Carl co-founded Sumo in 2003
COO & Co-founder
Paul’s career in the games industry started in 1988, writing Predator 2 on the C64. After graduating in 1992, he worked for Rolls Royce & Associates in the Scientific Software development working on nuclear reactor plant modelling.
Joining Revolution Software in 1994 as Technical Manager, he wrote the low-level code for the Broken Sword series on PC and Playstation. Paul joined Gremlin in 1997 to work in R&D and managed the creation of the cross platform development system that was then used throughout Infogrames Europe to enable reuse of tools and technology. Prior to Sumo, Paul was the Studio Head at Infogrames Sheffield.
With his technical background, keen analytical skills and customer focussed approach, Paul heads a production team which is vastly experienced and focussed on quality and customer service. Paul co-founded Sumo in 2003.
Studio Director & Co-founder
Darren is the Studio Director of the Sheffield and India Studios. Darren’s career began in TV, working firstly as a Designer and Animator for program introduction sequences and later, as a Cameraman & Editor on a variety of programmes and live outside broadcasts aired by a number of channels including the BBC, ITV, Sky News & Sky Sports.
In 1995 Darren moved into the games industry by joining Gremlin. Here, he worked on several titles as a Lead Artist and later, with Infogrames (now Atari), moved on to the position of Studio Art Director advising on several key titles including Superman, Wacky Races and Micro Machines. Darren co-founded Sumo in 2003.
Karl Hilton is the Studio Director for Sumo Digital’s studio in Nottingham. With an extensive track record in building studios and developing successful AAA games and technology, Karl is leading Sumo’s Nottingham studio to deliver high quality, creative and innovative games across console, mobile, PC and virtual reality.
After completing university with a BA in Architecture and an MA in Computer Visualisation and Animation, Karl worked at Rare Ltd as Lead Artist on GoldenEye 007 and Perfect Dark (Nintendo 64). After five years, he left to become one of the founding members and a director of Free Radical Design helping to create the very successful TimeSplitters series of games.
Karl was the Managing Director for Crytek UK for 5 years, delivering several successful AAA videogames for the PC, Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Xbox 360 consoles, including the multiplayer games for Crysis 2 and 3. Crytek UK also contributed key technology for the CryENGINE technology platform.
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 products before finally becoming technical director in 2008.
Sean has been designing video games since 1993. His career path has wound its way through a variety of creative roles from Designer to Creative Director, on both sides of the developer/publisher fence.
He began his career at 221B, a small Sheffield indie developer responsible for a variety of 8 and 16bit games before relocating to London for lengthy spells at both Virgin Interactive Entertainment and Pure Entertainment throughout the latter half of the 1990s.
He returned to Sheffield in 1999 to work at Gremlin/Infogrames and has been a member of Sumo’s key staff since its inception in 2003, where he has been involved to varying degrees in most of the studio’s titles.
Sean became Creative Director at Sumo in 2011, where he oversees the design department and the studio’s creative vision both inside and outside of the industry itself.
Throughout his career, Sean has worked on every gaming platform across all genres and brings his expertise and experience to every opportunity that Sumo is presented with – from the games themselves to the psychology of creativity and its own peculiar demands.
Gary’s career began as a Programmer for Gremlin Interactive in 1996.
In 1997, he became an OEM Producer, working with all the major hardware companies to produce enhanced versions of Gremlin’s current and back catalogue games in order to showcase the manufacturer’s latest peripherals, graphics and sound cards.
Following Infogrames’ acquisition of Gremlin Interactive in 1999, Gary became a Senior Producer working on internal and external projects within the company, before assisting in the start up and running of the newly created Infogrames Leeds studio in July 2000.
Since that time, he has held Senior and Executive Producer roles at Runecraft, Blue Monkey Studios and Climax before re-joining his old colleagues at Sumo in 2006 as an Executive Producer.
Gary was appointed Development Director in April 2009.
Steven Zalud has been working in and around the games industry since 1995, although he fondly remembers typing in his first game back in the late 70’s. He joined Gremlin Interactive as a Producer and since then has held management roles at Infogrames, Criterion and several director level roles at Electronic Arts specialising in game and technology development, operational management and organisational development.
He counts himself very lucky to have a career where he has seen game development from an internal and external perspective, as a publisher, internal developer and as a service provider and gets to travel the world as part of the bargain.
Steven 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.
Gary started in the industry back in 1997 at what was then Psygnosis, working at their Leeds studio on such titles as Wings of Destiny.
In 1999, he joined Eidos and initially worked on their sports titles, FA Manager, UEFA Champions League Football, and Eidos’ 2 official Olympic titles. Subsequently he was promoted to Executive Producer and took over the running of the Hitman franchise, being involved in the first 3 titles in that series. He was also involved in the Championship Manager series during his time at Eidos.
After brief periods at LEGO Interactive working on their Bionicle titles, and EA Studios working on Burnout, Gary joined SEGA’s European Development team and oversaw titles such as The Club, Crush, Alien vs Predator, and House of the Dead: Overkill.
Gary joined Sumo Digital as Development Director in May 2012, having worked closely with the team on Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed.
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 think you’ve got what it takes to impress us with a speculative application, you can simply submit your CV for general consideration.
If you have any questions or would like to have a confidential chat about opportunities at Sumo please call our recruiter Rebecca Askham on +44 (0)114 2426766 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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?
The Pune based studio has 45 talented staff, focused on providing high quality artwork content for all gaming platforms including Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation VITA, PC, Wii U, 3DS and iOS.
Sumo India has worked on some of the world’s best-selling games including Virtua Tennis 3, SEGA Superstars Tennis, Dr Who, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, Forza Horizon 2 and the recently announced Disney Infinity 3.0: Toy Box Speedway. The studio’s specific art-focus has seen the team work on a wide variety of assets including; environments, characters, vehicles, and animation with the specific aim of producing high quality original assets for AAA titles.
With further unannounced AAA titles in development Sumo India will continue to offer a unique working environment for the best Artistic talent in India.
We are always looking for talented, creative individuals to compliment the team in India and our current vacancies are listed below. All applicants will be required to show previous work and perform a test. We offer competitive benefits, an excellent working environment and the opportunity to work on some of the world’s most exciting and recognisable video games.
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.
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