With the launch of our placement scheme early last week we thought now would be a great opportunity to answer some of your burning questions.
With that said, who better to tell you about what it’s like working here at Sumo Digital than the students doing just that. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be chatting with some of our current placement students to find out what they’ve been up to over the past few months, what it’s really like to be one of our placement students and more importantly, how much FUN they’ve been having…or that we expect them to be having. We are a videogame company, after all.
First up to the task, we sat down with Daniel Budworth-Mead, a placement programmer at our Nottingham studio from the University of Gloucestershire. Here’s what he had to say about his time so far!
Tell us a little bit about yourself
Video games and programming have always been my passion since I can remember. What started off as making mods in the Java version of Minecraft rapidly developed into being a favourite pastime of my teenage years. Once I learned I could study games programming at University this drove me even further to become a software developer. I started studying Computer Games Programming BSc at the University of Gloucestershire in September 2015. Although it might not be hailed as one of the top Universities, the computing and games lecturers have decades of recent industry experience from companies such as 2K Games and Rebellion. I have just finished my second year at UoG in September 2017 and am now half way through my sandwich year at Sumo Digital.
Tell us a little bit about your role and what you do here at Sumo
As a programmer I help to expand and develop the ever-growing code base for this project at Sumo. I mostly work on the gameplay side of code, but from time to time I do get to work on more difficult console specific optimisations. I also have a lot of meetings to attend about the games development as well as daily scrums and fortnightly sprint plans. I work closely with the design team to support them and implement features that they request for the code I am currently working on.
What was it that made you want to come to Sumo for your internship?
Sumo Digital seemed like the perfect opportunity for me. The potential experience of working on a title for a massive publisher such as Microsoft or Sony was not one I could pass up lightly. The studio works on these big scale video games yet is still independent, which is one of the many things that made me want to work here. Sumo has hired talent from many other big studios such as Free Radical, Ubisoft, and Crytek giving me the chance to work with esteemed and experienced developers in the industry.
How has your first few months been here at Sumo?
The first half of my internship year has been extraordinary. Unfortunately, the project that I am working on is currently unannounced, but I am incredibly excited about it – it’s awesome! Working at Sumo’s Nottingham studio has been a great learning experience, being in the thick of it working on a real project, with an experienced development team has allowed me to learn more here in six months than anytime preceding this sandwich year. Nottingham is also a great city to work and live in, with a bustling nightlife and fun events all year round.
What has been your favourite thing so far?
My favourite thing so far was Sumo’s Big Day out. This is a yearly event where Sumo Digital takes all the developers and supporting staff out to a family fun day in Sheffield. It was a great way to get to know other members of the team and mingle with some of the developers at Sheffield.
Is there anything that’s surprised you so far?
The biggest surprise for me, must be how big the code base is. With hundreds of thousands of lines of code, it would take years to understand the entire thing, but there is always someone willing to help me understand a part I have never come across before. It is a really unique experience to get to work on such a large codebase.
How have you enjoyed Nottingham so far?
Nottingham is a great city to work and live in. In the city centre, there is plenty to do, lots of shopping centres, interesting places to eat, and some really neat cocktail bars to drink in. There is also plenty of festivals to go to like Splendour and the riverside festival. Rock City is a great music venue which has seen some massive acts such as Royal Blood and Europe. Only an hour away is the peak district which offers great walking routes, amazing views, and cosy countryside pubs.
What are you most looking forward to over the next few months?
In the final six months of my sandwich year I am looking forward to my continued work on the game and all future learning experiences. I am also looking forward to the upcoming Christmas party which is sure to be a blast.
Massive thanks to Daniel for taking the time out to give us his insights. Next week, we’ll be hearing from Emma Lintvelt one of our placement designers at our Sheffield studio.
Remember, if you’re interested in our placements, there’s still time to sign up. Just head over to www.sumo-digital.com/careers
Applications close on the 23rd of Februrary, 2018.
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