Sumo Digital

  • Sector Digital media
  • Location South Yorkshire, UK
  • LTM Revenue c. £17m
  • Deal Type MBO
  • Deal Date November 2014
  • Employees 300
  • NorthEdge Contacts Andy Ball
    Phil Frame
  • Board Members Andy Ball
    Phil Frame
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Business Description

Sumo is a creator and developer of video game products and services, working on the world’s largest brands and franchises for leading publishers and platform holders across Europe, US and Japan.

Background

Founded in 2003, Sumo is headquartered in Sheffield with an office in Pune, India, and employs more than 300 people. One of Europe’s leading independent game studios, Sumo partners with top tier publishers and has developed a number of high profile titles including Forza Horizon 2 for Microsoft’s Xbox360, Sonic and Sega All Star Racing, and Xbox Fitness. Most recently, Sumo has partnered with Sony to develop Little Big Planet 3.

NorthEdge Investment Rationale

NorthEdge was attracted to Sumo because of its competitive position, publisher relationships and track record of delivering leading titles across a range of platforms. The management team has a very strong reputation in the industry and the business is well placed to capitalise on market growth.

Strategy

Sumo is working on a number of exciting projects and the investment from NorthEdge will enable the management team to accelerate their growth plans.

Carl Cavers, Sumo CEO, added: “With the release of Little Big Planet 3 and a number of exciting projects under development, the business is in an extremely strong position. We are delighted to have completed the MBO and to be partnering with NorthEdge as we accelerate our growth strategy and cement our position as one of Europe’s leading game developers.”

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