Sumo Digital secures Disney contract

Sheffield-based video game development studio Sumo Digital has announced a significant partnership with Disney on its Infinity 3.0 game.

Disney Infinity 3.0 is the latest installment in the action-adventure video game series, which allows players to bring some of Disney Pixar’s best-loved characters to life, from Pirates of the Caribbean to Toy Story and Frozen. Sumo will be working alongside Avalanche Software to develop the new Star Wars theme and improve aspects of Infinity’s gameplay.

The announcement follows an exceptional period for the business, which completed a management buy-out with investment from private equity firm NorthEdge Capital in November last year.

Founded in 2003, Sumo is headquartered in Sheffield with an office in Pune, India, and employs more than 240 people. As one of Europe’s leading independent game studios, Sumo partners with top tier publishers and has developed a number of high profile titles including LittleBigPlanet3, Forza Horizon 2 for Microsoft’s Xbox360, Sonic and Sega All Star Racing and Xbox Fitness.

Carl Cavers, CEO at Sumo Digital, said: “The investment from NorthEdge has enabled us to capitalise on significant opportunities in the market. LittleBigPlanet3 has been really well received, and we’re incredibly excited to be building on this success by working with one of the world’s biggest entertainment brands.”

Phil Frame, investment manager at NorthEdge Capital, said: “Disney Infinity 3.0 is an outstanding addition to Sumo’s portfolio of partners. I am looking forward to working with the team as it continues to grow its core business.”

NorthEdge Capital is a private equity firm focused on investing in businesses in the North of England. It has now made 11 investments from its maiden fund, representing over £148m of investment into the Northern business community during the last 28 months.

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