Sunday, September 19, 2021

Video game developer swoops for Bristol business

Sumo Group, the listed video games developer with studios in Nottingham, has acquired Auroch Digital in a £6m deal.

The acquisition of the Bristol-based videogame developer and publisher adds a further 48 people to the business.

Founded by Tomas and Debbie Rawlings in 2010, Auroch Digital has a pipeline of original IP and a track record for developing innovative, high-quality titles, including Mars Horizon, the strategy management game launched on Steam, Switch, Xbox, and PS4 in November 2020.

Tomas will continue to lead the business, which will trade as Auroch Digital Limited, post acquisition.

Carl Cavers, CEO of Sumo Group, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Tomas and the Auroch Digital team to the Group. Given our increasing focus on Own-IP, we are particularly excited by Auroch Digital’s pipeline of original IP. So, while this is a relatively small acquisition, it is a highly significant one for us strategically.”

Dr Tomas Rawlings, founder and studio director of Auroch Digital, added: “We’re really excited to be joining the Sumo Group family. We share so many values and Sumo will be a good home for us.

“We have a shared desire always to improve the quality and depth of the games we make, a commitment to being a positive and respectful workplace, a desire to invest in new talent, and a shared wish to make a lot of fun, engagement and gameplay for all.

“Auroch Digital joining Sumo Group really is the natural next step in our journey and we’re really excited to be taking it together.”

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