Game developer donates equipment to support next generation

©Sumo Digital - a still from Sackboy: A Big Adventure

Sheffield headquartered Sumo Group, the parent company of game development studio Sumo Digital, has partnered with Every Child Online to donate computers to children across the UK who do not currently have access to online learning at home.

The computers donated by Sumo will go directly to children and young people across the UK, either to their homes to allow them access to online learning or to replace worn technology which is no longer fit for purpose being used in classrooms around the country.

Every Child Online was established in 2020 in response to children being left offline when learning turned virtual during the pandemic. Since then, the organisation has partnered with businesses around the UK to transform how young people learn online.

Mike Tarbard, founder of Every Child Online, said: “Businesses like Sumo Digital need to ensure their staff use the latest, most powerful computers to produce their globally recognised games and, like many companies throughout the UK, this computer equipment is usually refreshed for new equipment every three to four years. Companies have a choice, sell the equipment to a refurbishment/recycling business that will sell the equipment on, or donate it to Every Child Online, who refurbish it, then give it to schools for free. We’re so Sumo Digital chose to donate its gear to get children learning!”

Stacey Smith, head of IT Operations at Sumo Group, said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with Every Child Online to see our pre-loved technology get a new lease of life in helping get young people access to online learning.

“We’re passionate about nurturing young talent and inspiring children to consider a career in the games industry and are very proud to be able to contribute to schools getting the most out of their IT education.”

This partnership follows Sumo’s continued work to engage with schools in its regions across the UK, including Sheffield, as a dedicated partner of the Ahead Partnership. This collaboration sees Sumo’s industry-leading staff delivering workshops and working closely with children and young people to inspire them to consider a career in the gaming industry.