100 jobs planned as Sheffield games firm booms

Sheffield games company Sumo has announced plans to hire almost 100 people by the middle of next year.

By David Walsh
Tuesday, 2nd July 2019, 9:40 am
Updated Friday, 5th July 2019, 9:03 am
New talent acquisition manager, Kieran Holland.
New talent acquisition manager, Kieran Holland.

Sumo Group, which employs 650, is projected to increase staff by 15 per cent in the next 12 months.

The firm has hired talent acquisition manager, Kieran Holland, to spearhead the project.

He has worked in recruitment at companies including Amazon and BP.

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Kieran will support the growth of Sumo’s nine studios in the UK, India and Canada, including City Studios, The Chinese Room, Red Kite Games and Atomhawk.

It comes after head count increased by 21 per cent in 2018 after a year of “substantial growth in revenue and profitability.”

Adjusted revenue rose 36 per cent to £39m in 2018 while the adjusted EBITDA – a measure of profit – rose by 24.6 per cent to £10.4m.

Paul Porter, chief operating officer, said: “Our people are our biggest asset, they enable us to produce the fantastic games and artwork our partners are looking for, so I’m delighted to have Kieran onboard to drive the acquisition of the very best talent the world has to offer.

“2018 saw substantial growth for the Group and we look forward to continuing to meet our strategic objectives for 2019 and beyond.”

Kieran Holland, said: “As a keen gamer, joining Sumo is like a dream come true!

“I’m thrilled to bring my experience of leading recruitment teams to Sumo.

“The need for a quality recruitment process, ensuring we’re best placed to attract and hire the finest talent is something we clearly understand.

“It’s an exciting time for our studios, and I look forward to my part in welcoming the world’s best to join Sumo and Atomhawk.”

The firm creates and designs games for global companies including Microsoft, Apple, SEGA, WB Games and Bethesda.

Projects include the recently-released Team Sonic Racing (SEGA), two in-development projects for Apple Arcade, and art for Mortal Kombat 11 (WB Games / NetherRealm) and Minecraft Earth (Microsoft).

Sumo won Best Game at the first Sheffiel Digital Awards organised by The Star in May