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Founded in early 2019, Sumo Leamington is a member of the award-winning Sumo Digital family. We’re one of Sumo’s nine game development studios located across the UK and India, and our goal is to build and grow an industry-leading team here in Royal Leamington Spa.
Managed by industry veterans with ground-breaking titles under their belts, the studio needs to hire the right colleagues to meet our exciting objectives. Whether you’re an industry veteran or straight out of university, we could have a career-defining role for you. If you want to create great games that people will play for years to come, and be there at the beginning of something we know will be truly special, join our team. We look forward to speaking with you!
It’s an exciting time to be part of Sumo Leamington, winners of the Develop: Star Awards 2019 Best Studio and GI Biz 2020 Best Places to Work: Diversity Award; big things are on the horizon and we want you to be part of our continued journey. Join us!
Sumo Leamington is made up of a diverse mix of fantastic people, although sometimes, some groups are still under-represented. We are working to remove obstacles that can make it difficult for those groups to progress their careers in the games industry. We welcome applications from under-represented people in the gaming industry, including, but not limited to BAME, LGBQT+, women, people with physical disabilities, neurodiversity or mental health issues, and parents or carers.
The role @ Sumo
As a Lead Artist at Sumo Leamington, you will help lead a small team of artists with the autonomy to make your impact with the support and help to make it happen. You’ll become part of the project leadership and working closely with other members to establish the production pipeline and best practices for the game art development. We’d like you to always be thinking about how we can be better.
When it comes to the team, we’d like you to help build a successful and proactive team of artists by pushing the quality bar with seasoned artists to mentoring and helping junior colleagues with their first ever game. You would be helping manage the careers progression of your team and would by training and mentoring, ensuring continuous appraisals and feedback.
You would create visual benchmark assets to help drive and steer the quality bar for the art team to follow and aspire to throughout the game’s development. You’d take ownership of the milestone planning, day-to-day feedback communications, and final quality of deliverables from various external partners as well as explore, assemble and discuss visual material to define and improve the visual style and contents of the game.
You would also be responsible for support and document game assets, creation, specifications to ensure consistency with the entire art team (internal and external).
To be successful you will have:
- Talent for mobile-focused development to create low-polygon models and textures. An expert of all aspects of a variety of 3D packages (Maya preferred, 3DsMax, Modo etc) including Animation, Rigging and Skinning.
- Ability to create textures to achieve a variety of style including hand-painted, photorealism or vectors as well as imparting that knowledge to your teammates.
- A deep understanding of lighting, surfaces, shaders and visual effects.
- Expert in Unity game engine when used in a mobile environment and performance constraints of modern mobile devices. (Knowledge of Unreal UE4 engine a bonus).
What do we want from you?
- We're looking for someone who has experience of working on mobile games, maybe as a senior or lead artist, on at least two shipped titles. A diverse portfolio of game art styles and directions from casual mobile assets to high-end renders. Excellent communication skills go without saying, but in today’s world it’s more important than ever. Never be afraid to ask questions and to help your teammates with answering theirs.
At Sumo Digital, we know that diversity and inclusivity will make our teams better and pave the way to greater innovation and creativity in our work. We already have a great mix of diversity with the Leamington team, and we're committed to continuing that trend, in fact in 2020 GI.biz
awarded Sumo Leamington with the Best places to work diversity award, we’re proud to be leading the way, and will continue to do so. We welcome ALL applications.
As part of the Sumo Digital family, we’re able to offer a super benefits package including generous holidays and flexible working hours. Further perks include our legendary annual Sumo Big Day Out, plus epic Christmas parties, vouchers on your birthday and free fruit for everyone! Our new, regular studio Game Jams are a highlight - staff spend a full day developing and pitching their own game ideas for possible development by Sumo (this led to the recently released Snake Pass, so it’s a genuine commitment to allowing staff to pitch ideas upwards to the highest levels).
Our environment is relaxed, friendly and built upon the basis of every team member having the opportunity to shine and have a realisable input into the games we create. We’re in the amazing position of building a brand new team, and creating a studio culture that’s all about passion, respect, diversity, fun and togetherness. We’re looking for people that love what they do and love to share their enthusiasm with each other.