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More women needed in videogames sector

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Meg Munn MP met staff at Sheffield-based independent game development studio Sumo Digital recently to find out more about their work and to discuss the challenges of increasing the number of women working in the industry.

The company has grown dramatically over the last 9 years going from just 12 staff in 2003 to over 200 staff based in Sheffield and India in 2012. Sumo Digital is licensed to develop on all the leading gaming platforms including Sony PSP, PS2 and PS3, Microsoft Xbox 360, Xbox and Nintendo Wii and DS. The company’s art team are able to develop games using motion capture and 3D. Games developed at the Sheffield studio include Sonic & SEGA All-Stars racing, Disney’s A Christmas Carol and Doctor Who: The Adventure Games.

Meg said:

“I was really impressed with the work being undertaken by the team at Sumo Digital here in Sheffield. The UK’s videogames sector is now bigger than the film or music industries, with over 2 billion in global sales. Whilst more women and girls play videogames than ever before, much more needs to be done through our schools, colleges and universities, as well as through the industry itself, to ensure a greater gender balance in those creating games.

Government also has a vital role to play in creating the right conditions to keep the videogames industry here in the UK, as a number of companies have already moved overseas to places like Canada and the USA. We need to ensure British companies can continue to compete on the global stage of this important multi-billion pound industry.”

 

Associated Photograph :

Meg with Sean Millard, Creative Director and Jennifer Marshall, Designer, Sumo Digital Ltd.

Meg with Sean Millard, Creative Director and Jennifer Marshall, Designer, Sumo Digital Ltd.


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