Major contracts set Sheffield video game maker in good stead

Major contracts set Sheffield video game maker in good stead
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Ahead of its final full year results, Sumo Group, the Sheffield-based video game maker, says that it will have traded “at least in line with market expectations”.

The Group secured several significant contracts towards the end of 2019. These, it said, underpin its financial forecasts for the year ahead.

At 31 December 2019, the Group had positive cash balances of £12.9 m and employed 766 people, an increase of 174 from the figure at the previous year end.

“2019 was another busy and successful year for Sumo Group and one in which we generated strong growth across all areas of the business,” said CEO Carl Cavers.

“We acquired Red Kite Games, opened new studios in Leamington Spa and Warrington and relocated the Red Kite Games studio from Huddersfield to the talent hot-spot of central Leeds.

“Five studios have been added to the Group since IPO and we now operate globally from 10 studios across the UK, India and Canada.

“Our appetite to deliver further sustainable growth remains strong and we continue to explore opportunities, both in the UK and overseas, to acquire businesses which show a strong cultural fit with our Group and are based in desirable locations.”

He added: “In November, we announced that Tencent Holdings Limited (“Tencent”) had acquired a near 10% shareholding in the Group from Perwyn Bidco (UK) Limited. We are delighted by this investment and look forward to exploring development opportunities with Tencent going forward.”

“We are seeing many exciting opportunities to deliver more growth in our core markets, served by Sumo Digital and Atomhawk, and I am very pleased with the progress the business is making.”

Final results for the full year will be released on Wednesday 1 April 2020.