Together, our Sumo Digital, Atomhawk and Pipeworks Studios businesses deliver end-to-end visual and development solutions to the video games industry and beyond, from visual concept design and pre-production through to development, user-interface design, and post-release support.
Founded in 2003, Sumo Digital is a co-development partner to some of the world’s leading publishers including Sony, Microsoft, SEGA and 2K, offering turnkey game development solutions. Sumo Digital develops games across all console platforms, PC, handheld and mobile devices. It is also home to the Sumo Digital Academy initiative, a talent development programme bringing skilled graduates into the games industry.
Sumo Digital has successfully published own intellectual property titles including Snake Pass, Spyder, and The Chinese Room’s Little Orpheus.
Sheffield was the founding Sumo Digital studio and is home to Sumo Group plc. The studio employs a large team across multiple projects on a single, multi-facility campus, supported by a management team who, in many cases, have worked alongside each other since before Sumo Digital’s inception in 2003.
Sumo Digital Limited
Unit 32 Jessops Riverside
800 Brightside Lane
Sumo Digital’s Nottingham studio was established in 2016 to broaden the expertise of the Group and the catchment area for new staff. Functioning under its own independent remit, the team at Sumo Nottingham work collaboratively to achieve the shared goals, responsibilities and expectations of the wider Sumo Group.
Sumo Digital Limited
Units 15/16 Castlebridge Office Village
Sumo Video Games
Sumo Digital’s India business was opened in 2007, initially to provide additional highly skilled art resource to the teams in Sheffield. Since then, the studio has expanded to new premises, to include a multi-discipline team of coders, designers and artists who collaborate on all the projects that move through Sumo Digital.
Sumo Video Games Private Limited
B-205/206, 2nd Floor
Wing B of MCCIA Trade Towers
Senapati Bapat Road
Sumo Digital’s Newcastle studio was acquired from CCP Games in Jan 2018. The skilled team has in-depth experience across a variety of genres and is well recognised for its pioneering, and critically acclaimed, expertise in Virtual Reality development. Largely working on its own projects, the studio’s combination of innovative technology and creativity further broadens Sumo Digital’s capabilities.
Sumo Digital Ltd (Newcastle)
Northern Design Centre
Sumo Warrington expands the capabilities of the company by focusing on the delivery of high-end engineering and code support services to prestigious clients. The studio is headed by Scott Kirkland, a BAFTA nominee (technical leadership, MotorStorm), who has a 23-year track-record of innovation and leadership.
Sumo Digital Ltd (Warrington)
Our Leamington Spa studio was opened in March 2019 to focus on high quality mobile game development. It is headed by Studio Director, Chris Southall. Chris founded and built SEGA HARDlight, SEGA’s dedicated European mobile studio.
Sumo Digital Ltd (Leamington Spa)
12 Hamilton Terrace
The Chinese Room
The Chinese Room is an award-winning independent game development studio based in Brighton, best known for creating experimental first-person games. The business was founded in 2010 and named after John Searle’s Chinese room thought experiment. Sumo Group plc acquired The Chinese Room in 2018.
The Chinese Room
179 Preston Road
Red Kite Games
Red Kite Games is primarily a work-for-hire studio, providing game development services and code solutions to the video games industry. The business was founded in 2012 by Simon Iwaniszak and acquired by Sumo Group in January 2019.
Red Kite Games
Park Row House,
19-20 Park Row,
West Yorkshire, LS1 5JF
Lab42 is a cross-platform work for hire studio, providing co-development and full game development services. The studio, established in 2015, is located in the talent hotspot of Leamington Spa. Led by Ed Blincoe, Lab42 is a well-known and respected studio within the industry, and adds a wealth of talented team members to the Group.
William Street, Leamington Spa
Warwickshire, CV32 4HJ
Founded in 2020 in Wroclaw, Poland, PixelAnt Games is a leader in work-for-hire, co-development, and original IP projects across current and next-gen platforms. PixelAnt create an immediate presence for the Group in Europe and an established base for growth in Poland’s booming video games development industry. Sitting alongside Sumo Digital’s other nine studios and continue to operate under the strong leadership of current studio directors, industry veterans Pawel Rohleder and Adam Lason.
Pipeworks was founded in 1999, with a focus on advanced technology and innovative gameplay for both established and emerging IP. Pipeworks’ clients include Electronic Arts (Madden NFL), Wizards of the Coast, Google, Genvid, and Age of Learning.
Pipeworks is a leader in the application of emerging technology and game science to adjacent complementary markets, including the US public sector, distance learning, remote healthcare, and AI-driven simulation.
The company also supplies advanced technology and creative expertise, including real-time simulation and artificial intelligence to the US public sector via Metateq. Its proprietary live-game backend technology, COSOMO™, and development/operations expertise have powered many games and advanced simulations since 2011.
133 W Broadway
Atomhawk is a visual design company providing creative services to the full spectrum of the entertainment industry, including games, TV and film. Founded in 2009, Atomhawk has studios in Newcastle and Vancouver and works with some of the world’s biggest brands, including Microsoft, Amazon, Marvel, LEGO® and Sony. Atomhawk’s projects include: Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor II, Injustice and Mortal Kombat.
Newcastle is home to Atomhawk’s main studio and management team. The studio’s team of world class artists and designers produce premium art and design for the entertainment industry, supported by an experienced team of producers and account managers.
Atomhawk Design Ltd.
RIGA Business Centre
Baltic Business Quarter
Atomhawk’s Vancouver base opens up connections with games and entertainment companies across North America. Working closely with the UK team, the Vancouver studio delivers art, design and creative direction across the full spectrum of the entertainment industry.
Atomhawk Canada Ltd.
200-112 West Hastings Street
Launched in 2021, Secret Mode is Sumo Group's publishing division. Created to handle internally developed games along with projects from other independent studios. Believing that games are for everyone, and that creativity has no limits, Secret Mode believe quality and fun are everything.
Led by former Sega VP James Schall (Director of Publishing) with Derek Seklecki (another Sega veteran) as Head of Marketing, Secret Mode's approach to building its publishing portfolio is based on passion with the team looking for unique titles and concepts. Secret Mode believe in honesty and transparency, offering the full publisher package including commercial, analytics, marketing, PR and community management.