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Sumo Digital Ltd. is a British video game developer based in Sheffield, England. The company was founded in 2003 by four former members of the management team of Infogrames Studios. As of 2018, Sumo Digital employs more than 500 developers.[1]

Sumo Digital Ltd.
Subsidiary
IndustryVideo game industry
PredecessorInfogrames Studios
Founded2003; 16 years ago (2003)
Founders
  • Carl Cavers
  • Paul Porter
  • Darren Mills
  • James North-Hearn
Headquarters,
England
Key people
Number of employees
500+ (2018)
Parent
Divisions
  • Sumo Nottingham
  • Sumo Newcastle
  • Sumo Leamington Spa
Subsidiaries
Websitesumo-digital.com

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HistoryEdit

Sumo Digital was founded in 2003 by Carl Cavers, Paul Porter, Darren Mills and James North-Hearn, four members of the former management team of Infogrames Studios, after that company had been closed down.[2][3] In 2007, Sumo Digital opened a subsidiary studio in India, called Sumo India.[4] In August 2007, Foundation 9 Entertainment announced that it was acquiring Sumo Digital, wherein North-Hearn became the manager of Foundation 9's European operations.[3] North-Hearn subsequently became chief executive officer for Foundation 9 in March 2008.[5] In November 2014, Sumo Digital's officers completed a management buyout from Foundation 9; in this transaction, Sumo Digital's management was backed by NorthEdge Capital and Foundation 9 was advised by GP Bullhound.[6][7]

In January 2016, Sumo Digital opened a third development studio, Sumo Nottingham, in Nottingham, England.[8] In January 2018, Sumo Digital acquired CPP Newcastle, the Gateshead-based studio of CCP Games.[9] In August, the company acquired developer The Chinese Room.[10] In February 2019, Sumo Digital acquired work-for-hire video game studio Red Kite Games.[11] A few days later, the studio opened another new studio in Leamington Spa, England, to focus on mobile game development.[12]

Games developedEdit

Year Title Platform(s) Publisher(s) Ref.
2004 England International Football Xbox Codemasters [13]
OutRun 2 Xbox Sega [14]
OutRun 2 SP PlayStation 2 Sega [15]
2005 TOCA Race Driver 2 PlayStation Portable Codemasters [16]
Virtua Tennis: World Tour PlayStation Portable Sega [17]
2006 OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Xbox Sega [18]
Go! Sudoku PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable Sony Online Entertainment [19]
TOCA Race Driver 3 Challenge PlayStation Portable Codemasters [20]
Race Driver 2006 PlayStation Portable Codemasters [21]
Broken Sword: The Angel of Death Microsoft Windows THQ [22]
2007 Driver 76 PlayStation Portable Ubisoft [23]
Super Rub 'a' Dub PlayStation 3 Sony Online Entertainment [24]
Virtua Tennis 3 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Xbox 360 Sega [25]
2008 Sega Superstars Tennis Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360 Sega
New International Track & Field Nintendo DS Konami [26]
GTI Club+: Rally Côte d'Azur PlayStation 3 Konami [27]
2009 OutRun Online Arcade PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Sega [28]
Virtua Tennis 2009 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360 Sega [29]
Colin McRae: Dirt 2 PlayStation Portable, Wii Codemasters [30]
Disney's A Christmas Carol Nintendo DS, Wii Disney Interactive Studios [31]
F1 2009 PlayStation Portable, Wii Codemasters [32]
2010 Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Android, Arcade, BlackBerry, iOS, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360 Sega [33]
Split/Second PlayStation Portable Disney Interactive [34]
Doctor Who: The Adventure Games macOS, Microsoft Windows BBC Wales Interactive [35]
Dead Space Ignition PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Electronic Arts [36]
Hasbro Family Game Night 3 PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360 Electronic Arts [37]
2011 Sega Rally Online Arcade PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Sega [38]
F1 2011 Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita Codemasters [39]
2012 LittleBigPlanet PS Vita PlayStation Vita Sony Computer Entertainment [citation needed]
Nike+ Kinect Training Xbox 360 Microsoft [40]
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360 Sega [33]
2013 Moshi Monsters: Katsuma Unleashed Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS Activision [41]
Xbox Fitness Xbox One Microsoft Studios [10]
2014 Forza Horizon 2 Xbox 360 Microsoft Studios [42]
LittleBigPlanet 3 PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 Sony Computer Entertainment [43]
Scorched: Combat Racing Android, iOS Rogue Play [citation needed]
2015 Disney Infinity 3.0 PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One Disney Interactive Studios [44]
Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom Android, iOS Sega [citation needed]
2016 Hitman Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Square Enix [45]
Forza Horizon 3 Microsoft Windows, Xbox One Microsoft Studios
2017 Snake Pass Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Sumo Digital [46]
Forza Motorsport 7 Xbox One Microsoft Studios [9]
2018 Forza Horizon 4 Xbox One Microsoft Studios [citation needed]
Hitman 2 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment [47]
2019 Crackdown 3 Microsoft Windows, Xbox One Xbox Game Studios
Mortal Kombat 11 Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment [citation needed]
Team Sonic Racing Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Sega [12]
TBA Dead Island 2 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Deep Silver [48]
Project Nova Microsoft Windows CCP Games [49]

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