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Students from Sheffield Hallam University on placement at Sumo Digital studio
Students from Sheffield Hallam University on placement at Sumo Digital studio
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Videogame visionaries at Sheffield-based Sumo Digital are helping the next generation of games designers to get experience in the industry.

Videogame visionaries at Sheffield-based Sumo Digital are helping the next generation of games designers to get experience in the industry.

Dr Jacob Habgood, senior lecturer in games development at Sheffield Hallam University

Dr Jacob Habgood, senior lecturer in games development at Sheffield Hallam University

The company, which has produced hits such as Sonic and SEGA All Stars Racing, and the Dr Who games, is providing mentoring and placements for 13 students from ‘Steel Minions,’ Sheffield Hallam University’s recently launched games development studio.

Thanks to the University’s partnership with Sony, Steel Minions is a registered developer of PlayStation Minis – small games for the Sony PlayStation – making Hallam one of very few UK colleges able to bring games developed in-house to market.

Steel Minions offers current students and recent graduates the opportunity to develop games for commercial consoles in a simulated workplace, with support from mentors from Sumo and other members of the region’s games industry.

Dr Jake Habgood, senior lecturer in games development at the University, and one time ‘Head of Serious Games’ at Sumo, said: “The fact that the largest developer in the region is giving our students these opportunities is really exciting.

“Along with the chance of developing games in-house here at Sheffield Hallam, they now have the chance to be involved in developing major international releases and working with some really inspirational industry figures.”

Sumo Digital’s studio manager, Paul Porter, said: “We’re really impressed with the standard of Sheffield Hallam’s students, and it’s great that we can utilise their skills and talent through these placements.

“The games industry is a tough one to break into, so opportunities like this are key for students and graduates, as is being able to learn in an environment like the Steel Minions games studio.”

Sumo is part of the Foundation 9 Entertainment group, employs more than 120 developers and holds licences to develop games for leading platforms such as Sony Playstation and PSP, Microsoft Xbox and Nintendo Wii and DS.