Sumo was founded in 2003 and quickly established itself as a reliable and collaborative development partner for premier games publishers around the world. As our experience grew, so did our versatility. We quickly became a multi-project, multi-genre solution provider, developing award winning titles for every gaming platform.
Carl Cavers, Paul Porter and Darren Mills founded Sumo Digital in 2003, having previously worked together at Gremlin plc and Infogrames Studios Ltd. A studio in Pune (India) was established in 2007, providing a flexible and lower cost base with a highly skilled workforce. In 2007, Sumo Digital became part of a larger group of studios, when it was acquired by Foundation 9, an American entertainment media company.
Sumo Digital was originally set up as a ‘work for hire’ games developer, working alongside developers and publishers on less creative sections of a game’s production. Successful delivery of co-development projects enhanced the company’s experience of franchise IP, enabling it to take responsibility for full turnkey projects.
In 2014, Carl, Paul, Darren and Chris Stockwell led a management buyout backed by NorthEdge Capital, which enabled Sumo Digital to expand its services significantly, through investment in Sheffield, where it increased headcount by 41% to 336, and opening a new office in Nottingham.
In September 2016, Carl, Paul, Darren and Chris led a secondary buyout backed by funds advised by Perwyn LLP.
The acquisition of Atomhawk, a premium digital art and design agency, in June 2017 added studios in Newcastle and Vancouver (Canada) and further expanded Sumo Digital’s integrated videogame service offering, as well as adding exposure to new sectors such as film and television concept art.
Sumo Group plc joined the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange on 21 December 2017. Since IPO, Sumo Digital has taken on the Newcastle studio of CCP Games (January 2018) and the Group has acquired The Chinese Room (August 2018) and Red Kite Games (January 2019). In April 2019, Sumo Digital opened a new studio in Leamington Spa to focus on mobile game development.