Sheffield game developer expands footprint with new studio

Substantial growth for Sheffield’s Sumo Digital
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Sheffield video game developer Sumo Digital has appointed Chris Southall to head up its new Leamington Spa studio.

Following hot on the heels of the company’s £2 million acquisition of Huddersfield’s Red Kite Games, the opening of the Warwickshire sees Sumo bring its total studios to seven.

It will focus on the development of games for mobile devices, which Sumo said broadens its services to a wide range of publisher and developer partners.

Mr Southall has an extensive track record in the industry, holding leadership roles at SEGA and Codemasters.

Before joining Sumo, Mr Southall founded and built SEGA HARDlight – SEGA’s dedicated European mobile studio – specialists in producing titles in the free-to-play space.

“Opening a studio dedicated to mobile development is part of our strategy to broaden the portfolio of services we offer,” said Sumo MD Paul Porter.

“Chris has a well-deserved reputation throughout the industry as an inspirational leader who’s delivered outstanding results. I’m delighted that he is to build and direct our new team in Leamington Spa.”

Mr Southall added: “Building this new studio, with a clear focus on mobile development is very exciting. I’ve long been a fan of Sumo so am thrilled by the opportunity to both create something new here and to be joining a group of talented studios.”