Sumo Digital

We’re delighted to welcome back Sumo Digital, long-time supporter of the Grads in Games initiative. The Sheffield-based studio have actively helped shape the games industry grad scene with us for the past 4 years, and will once again be sponsoring our Sumo Digital Rising Star game dev challenge for students not yet in their final year of higher education.

Founded in 2003 from the vestiges of the renowned Gremlin Interactive, Sumo Digital are one of the largest and most secure independent game studios in the UK, and have spent the last 14 years working with high profile clients developing a range of popular cross-platform games. Going from strength to strength, recent years have seen the studio open a second UK studio in Nottingham, as well as increasing their visibility with a string of successful AAA titles and critically acclaimed games including LittleBigPlanet 3 and work on Disney Infinity, plus the upcoming Crackdown 3 & Dead Island 2.

Recently, the studio embarked on a new journey and launched their very first self-published IP: Snake Pass. The puzzle platformer was originally an idea created during a Sumo internal game jam to promote creativity across its teams. Judges saw promise in the game, and later released a fully realised version of Snake Pass to the world. The game earned critical success with positive reviews across the board.


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Sumo Digital have taken on a number of students from both Search for a Star and Sumo Digital Rising Star in the past, hiring two programming finalists from the 2017 challenge, and will be once again looking at the competition this year. Even better, the Snake Pass studio have informed us that they will be recruiting three graduate roles this year, which students from Search for a Star would be perfect for!

Students who make it to Finals Day for Search for a Star and Sumo Digital Rising Star can expect to meet judges from the studio, and also representatives who will be eager to talk to any students about opportunities with the studio.

“Search for a Star provides a way for the best graduates to demonstrate and hone their skills above and beyond the work they have completed as part of their course.” says Sumo Digital. “It allows candidates to compare themselves against fellow graduates from different institutions, and gives current undergraduates a target to aim for.”

You can find out more about Sumo Digital and their games over on their website.