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Sumo Group announces the acquisition of Lab42 Limited

15th May 2020Posted by: Sumo Digital

Sumo Group has announced the acquisition of Lab42 Limited (“Lab42”), a cross-platform work for hire studio, providing co-development and full game development services.

The acquisition supports Sumo Group’s growth strategy through increased capacity, adding 29 people, and a strengthened presence in the talent hot spot of Leamington Spa. Lab42 also adds to the Group’s product portfolio in addition to a number of new client relationships, including Ripstone, Dovetail Games, and Payload Studios. 

The Lab42 studio has worked on 17 projects, for console, PC, and mobile since it was established in January 2015.  Past and present clients include Sega Publishing Europe, Klei Entertainment, Aspyr, Ripstone, Dovetail Games, and Payload Studios. The studio has six live projects and a strong pipeline of opportunities.

Lab42 holds an exclusive licence to use the World Snooker Tour brand and was the sole developer on the photo-realistic sports simulation game Snooker 19 for all major consoles and PC, published by Ripstone.

Other well-known titles on which Lab42 has worked include Yakuza 0 and Yakuza Kiwami, Football Manager Touch 18, Sonic Mania, Terratech, and Fishing Sim World. 

The business, which operates from a single studio in Leamington Spa, was acquired from You42, Inc., a company registered in Delaware, USA. Led by Ed Blincoe, the business will continue to operate under the Lab42 name as part of the Sumo group in the same manner as Red Kite Games and The Chinese Room.

“Lab42 is a super business and we are delighted to welcome Ed and his team to Sumo Group and the Sumo Digital family of studios. The opportunity to buy Lab42, a business that is highly respected in the industry and well known to key members of our team, was both timely and compelling. The addition of a 29 strong, established, proven and talented team will help keep our organic growth ambitions on track, through the COVID-19 pandemic, which, as previously reported, has created some recruitment challenges,” commented Carl Cavers, Chief Executive of Sumo Group.

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