Sheffield developer's delight at award nominations for first original game

The Snake Pass team at Sumo Digital.
The Snake Pass team at Sumo Digital.
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A Sheffield videogame studio has been nominated for a series of awards for its first original title.

Sumo Digital took a step - or a slither - into the unknown this year when it released Snake Pass, a unique puzzle game based around the physics of serpentine movement.

The game was highly anticipated because of its innovative mechanics, but the team at Sumo's office in Carbrook were nervously waiting the first reviews and public feedback.

But reception has generally been positive, and Snake Pass has now been nominated in three categories in the industry-recognised Develop awards - New Games IP, Independent Studio and Studio of the Year.

Sumo will find out if it has been successful at a ceremony in Brighton on July 12.

CEO Carl Cavers said the whole team was 'incredibly excited' to be nominated.

Snake Pass.

Snake Pass.

"As a company, we have grown significantly with expansion across all three of our studios - we’re now at over 400 people of which 300 are based at our headquarters in Sheffield.

"We’re continuing to work on incredibly high profile games, and we’ve released Snake Pass our first self-published game.

"Being recognised for these achievements is a real testament to the talent at Sumo and our expertise as a world-leading, independent developer, to be acknowledged for our creativity and innovation in the video games space is always inspiring."

Seb Liese created Snake Pass, first showing it off at one of Sumo's regular game jams.

Brad Davey, Seb Liese and David Dino.

Brad Davey, Seb Liese and David Dino.

He said it was 'awesome' to see his game nominated.

"I never dreamed that from my initial concept at Sumo’s internal game jam, it would ever come this far – the reception we have had at shows and from the game’s launch has been fantastic enough, but to be nominated for awards too, is just crazy.

"At initial concept, everybody saw the potential and we all wanted to make the best thing possible out of it. Hopefully this shows that the team’s hard work has paid off."

Sumo COO Paul Porter added: "I’m hugely proud of the studio and I know that everyone at Sumo is thrilled that we have been nominated for three Develop awards.

"Expanding all three of our studios this past year has been a challenge, but has allowed us to meet the demands of an ever-changing industry as well as access to fantastic new talent.

"For our first ever self-published game, Snake Pass, to be nominated for New Games IP is amazing.

"We always knew that we had something special with Snake Pass but we’ve been blown away by the huge reaction we’ve had to the game – we were the first ever number one on the Nintendo Switch eShop, and featured as ‘one of the games to look out for in 2017’, it’s incredible."

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