Welcome to Sumo Digital Academy, a talent development programme creating new pathways into the games industry.
We want to open the door to graduates looking to make their first career move, those skilled in different industries and those seeking a career change.
Currently, the programme focuses on game programming (software development) and we took on our first cohort of trainees in September 2020.
幸运飞艇 Who we are
Led by former game programming lecturer, Dr Jake Habgood, the Academy is part of Sumo Digital, an independent family of game development studios founded in 2003.
We've developed games for every major platform for some of the world's biggest publishers. Using our unrivalled experience, we aim to create new career pathways and encourage greater diversity in the industry that we’ve helped to shape, building a new generation of talent to make the games of the future.
Sumo Digital Academy is leading an industry trailblazer group to create new postgraduate apprenticeships for game programmers.
Apprenticeships in the UK offer routes into many industries, but there are currently no programmes targeting game development. We’re changing that by working with games industry partners to create a template for paid apprenticeships. An apprenticeship will offer pathways into the industry for people that may not have considered it before. A graduate in an unrelated field can adapt their skill set, people looking for a career change can learn on the job and skilled developers from other industries will be helped to transition into games.
Right now, we’re working with industry partners and the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education to get it right and we’re making sure the completed specs will be available to share with the whole industry. It requires time and expertise from experienced developers to review and iterate on the work of our trailblazer group.
If you’re working in games and would like to contribute to the apprenticeships by sharing your expertise, we’d love to hear from you.
Many students and their parents don't realise that the games industry offers varied and viable career paths. To that end, we engage with schools and colleges with outreach activities to help nurture the next generation of talent. This can involve on-site workshops, presentations, digital programmes and collaboration with teaching staff.
Check out some of the resources below, aimed at 11-14-year-olds (KS3). They include a video introduction and a set of resources and worksheets to help students create a game.