News 05.08.2022

5 things you need to know about Sumo Group

At Sumo Group, it’s all about achieving wonder together.

From expansions to multiple awards, our company continues to go from strength to strength as a leading name in the world of gaming – but how did it come to be?

If you’re new to Sumo Group, or even if you’re interested in finding out some interesting facts, then here are five things you need to know about the company and its history.

Worth the cause

Sumo Group is big on charity, and each year the company selects its chosen charity partners to support over the next few months. We’re proud of how far our people go in order to raise funds for vital causes, such as the Twin Town Challenge for SpecialEffect, in which members of our studios drive from Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire to Le Touquet in Northern France in pre-loved decorated cars.

Each studio also has a chosen charity or charities which they work with each year, and we even encourage our people to raise money for their own chosen charity, which Sumo Group can then offer to match donations. Together, we can help even more people receive the care and support that they so desperately need – and that’s why our studios continue to host charity events, big or small, in order to help others.

Proud accolades

Sumo Group is never too far away from being recognised for its efforts in the industry, and the trophy cabinet certainly backs it up. Over the years, studios and people representing across the group have received prestigious awards for their efforts towards developing games, working within the community, and leading by example.

So far, Sumo Group and its people have been awarded top accolades in well-known awards and events such as MCV/DEVELOP Women in Games, and’s ‘Best Places to Work’, as well as ‘Best Companies Q1 UK’s 100 Best Large Companies To Work For’ list for 2022, and the Develop:Star Awards.

One of the most recent achievements was an award for Digital Learning at the 2022 Learning Excellence Awards, and The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in recognition of excellence in International Trade.

Studios near and far

Sumo Group, and predominantly Sumo Digital, is known for its roots in Sheffield, South Yorkshire – based in the North of the UK. But there are currently 17 studios in the Sumo Group family from all over the world!

In the UK, we have Sumo Digital studios in Nottingham, Warrington, Leamington, and Newcastle, as well as  The Chinese Room in Brighton, Red Kite Games in Leeds, and Lab42 Games in Leamington Spa. Atomhawk, Sumo Group’s design business, is located in Gateshead, with the remote-based studio Atomhawk Advance soon to confirm a UK location too. Auroch Digital is based in Bristol and we have Sumo Group’s publisher division Secret Mode, based in Leamington.

In Europe you can find PixelAnt Games over in Poland, while Sumo Pune and Sumo Bangalore work their magic as Sumo India Studios.

Over in Canada, we have Atomhawk’s Vancouver studio, as well as Timbre Games.

With expansion on our minds, who knows where Sumo Group might venture next – so watch this space (Disclosure: No plans to go to ACTUAL space, yet).

Our caring culture

There are two key factors that Sumo Group considers when making decisions within the company and for its people… family and security. The Group consists of over 1,000 hard-working people based all over the world, so it’s important that everyone feels like they’re part of the team.

That’s why Sumo Group offers a series of resources to help them learn new skills and progress with Dojo – an internal hub of information focused on learning and development to give guidance, and advice and help our people thrive in their careers – as well as mental health and wellbeing support. In addition, Sumo Group also sends out care packages with special treats inside, and hosts events to help build morale and make sure everyone feels included.

Looking after our world

Building immersive, vast gaming worlds is part of our day-to-day life within each of our studios, but Sumo Group also cares about our world and how it needs to be preserved for future generations. Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) has always been at the heart of our company, and protecting the planet and making necessary changes to our average work life is part of that pledge.

We’ve got involved in numerous projects including the Couch to Carbon Zero, a 10 day sprint to help our people maximise their efforts to lower carbon emissions – as well as taking part in The Great North Bog restoration project, helping to upland peatland restoration and conservation across nearly 7,000 square kilometres of peatland soils storing 400million tonnes of carbon!

In addition, we also make sure all electricity contracts within the company that we control are with renewable sources to help reduce our environmental impact.

Would you like to be part of Sumo Group’s fast-growing future? Check our available career opportunities here.