Sumo Developer Conference – Day One highlights

24th Jun 2022 Events

Day One of the inaugural Sumo Developer Conference has
come to an end!

Hundreds of our people descended upon Sheffield University
today to soak up knowledge through a series of insightful and inspiring talks
from the talented teams at Sumo Digital’s studios. Whether they attended a
handful of talks or every single one, SDC visitors have been treated to a
wealth of expertise and industry knowledge.

Sumo Digital is committed to the learning and development of
its people and seeing the success of the first day at SDC makes us very proud
of everyone involved. Here’s a recap of some of the sessions we can talk about
openly, there were some super exciting confidential projects being talked about
also (but we can’t share those yet!)…


Starting at 10 am our networking morning was an ideal time
for everyone to meet fellow Sumo Digital studios and grab some refreshments
ahead of the busy day.

Dunn takes to the stage

Sumo Digital Managing Director Gary Dunn took to the stage
to kickstart our first-ever Sumo Developer Conference. Gary spoke about the
event and what our people could expect throughout the day.

An UNREAL experience

Session One got underway with a talk from Epic Games’ Ari Arnbjörnsson, giving
the audience a closer look at Unreal Engine 5, the latest powerful game engine
that Sumo Digital’s studios will and are working with on future projects.

Effective AI

The Chinese Room Technical Director Charly Mould presented
an open talk on ‘Effective AI Development – What is your expectation?’. Charly talked
about various aspects that come together to create believable characters, as
well as a focus on effectively communicating design and the importance of
player interpretation.

The art of VFX

Over to our first SDC Art Demo talk, where Danielle Viljoen hosted
the ‘From Paper to Engine’ talk on how VFX are designed before becoming actual

PRISM at the table

Sumo Group EDI Manager Leon Killin was joined by several of
our Diversity Champions throughout the day to discuss PRISM, our employee-led initiative that plays a vital role in helping to support and
effect change whilst raising awareness around equality, diversity and
inclusivity at Sumo Group.

Tackling Imposter Syndrome

A topic that is often heard but not really understood or
talked about in detail. Lee Morris from andpartnership, joined SDC for Session Three’s open talk ‘Imposter
Syndrome: What it is, how to spot it and tips to minimise it’.

Lee discussed some of the signs and indicators, and
techniques to minimise this restrictive self-limiting belief, and shared his
own personal experiences of imposter syndrome and how he has learnt to manage

Back with Epic Games

With two new talks from Epic Games going into the latter
stages of Day One at SDC, those in attendance had the choice of checking out ‘Lessons
learned from a year of Unreal Engine AAA development’ and the ‘Blueprint tips
& tricks’ talks on the day.

Day One of SDC is over!

And that’s it! Day One of our fantastic Sumo Developer
Conference ends. We’re heading over to the dinner and party event at Kommune
and the National Videogame Museum!

We look forward to seeing everyone again tomorrow for Day
Two of SDC.

24th June 2022 Events