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Sumo Group PLC
09 April 2019


9 April 2019



("Sumo Group", the "Company" or the "Group")




Sumo Group (AIM: SUMO), the provider of turnkey and co-development solutions to the world's largest video game publishers, announces the appointment of Paul Porter to the Board as a director of the Company with effect from 9 April 2019.


Paul, who co-founded Sumo Digital in 2003 with Carl Cavers and Darren Mills, was appointed as Chief Operating Officer of Sumo Group on 1 April 2019. Prior to this, he was Managing Director of Sumo Digital, the Group's primary operating business. Paul has more than 25 years of industry experience, having previously been Studio Head for Infogrames Sheffield and Head of Core Technology at Gremlin Interactive.


Ken Beaty, Chairman of Sumo Group, said: 


"We are delighted to welcome Paul to the Board.  I have worked with Paul at Sumo Digital since late 2014 and know that his profound industry knowledge and considerable expertise will further strengthen our executive team. The Group continues to grow rapidly and we are reorganising our management structure to accommodate further successful expansion. The creation of the Chief Operating Officer role on the plc Board is an important part of this new structure and how we manage the business."


Additional Information


The following information is being disclosed pursuant to Rule 17 and paragraph (g) of Schedule 2 of the AIM Rules for Companies.


Paul Reginald Porter, aged 47, is, or has during the last five years been, a director or partner of the following companies and partnerships:


Current directorships/partnerships

Former directorships/partnerships within last five years

Sumo Digital Ltd

Cirrus Development Limited

Mistral Entertainment Limited

Aghoco 1337 Limited

Sumo Digital (Atlantis) Limited

Sumo Digital (Genus) Limited

Sumo Games Development Limited

Project Republica Topco Limited

Aghoco 1789 Limited

Aghoco 1790 Limited

Riverside Games Limited

Red Kite Games Limited

Red Kite Software Development Limited

Atomhawk Design Ltd - since 6 March 2019

The Chinese Room Ltd


Sumo Digital Entertainment Limited

Sumo Digital Group Limited

Sumo Digital Holdings Limited

Project Republica Bidco Limited

Atomhawk Design Ltd - 29 June 2017 to 22 May 2018



There are no further disclosures required to be made in respect of Paul Porter's appointment.


Interest in Sumo Group Shares


Paul Porter is interested in 6,202,091 shares in Sumo Group which are held by Aghoco 1337 Limited, as trustee of the Sumo Group plc EBT.



Sumo Group plc

Tel: +44 (0) 114 242 6766

Carl Cavers, Chief Executive Officer

David Wilton, Chief Financial Officer

Zeus Capital Limited (Nominated Adviser & Broker)

Nick Cowles / Richard Darlington / Andrew Jones

 Tel: +44 (0) 161 831 1512

Ben Robertson / John Goold

Tel: +44 (0) 203 829 5000

Belvedere Communications Limited


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Tel: +44 (0) 7715 769 078

Keeley Clarke (

Tel: +44 (0) 7967 816 525

Llew Angus (

Tel: +44 (0) 7407 023 147


About Sumo Group - 


Sumo Group's businesses provide acclaimed development and design services to the video games and entertainment industries from nine studios in the UK, India, and Canada.


Sumo Digital, as the group's primary business, is one of the UK's largest independent developers of AAA-rated video games, having studios in Sheffield, Newcastle, Nottingham, Huddersfield, Leamington Spa and Pune, India. The business has acquired two studios since IPO, which operate under their own names, BAFTA award-winning The Chinese Room and Red Kite Games. Sumo Digital provides turnkey and co-development solutions to a global blue-chip client base.


Atomhawk is a multi-award-winning visual design company, with studios in Newcastle and in Vancouver (Canada), servicing the games, film and visual effects industries.




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