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Sumo Digital founder awarded honorary doctorate

Sumo Digital founder awarded honorary doctorate

Fri 11 Oct 2013 12:19pm GMT / 8:19am EDT / 5:19am PDT

James North-Hearn recognised by Sheffield Hallam University

James North-Hearn, one of the founders of Sumo-Digital, will receive an honorary doctorate from Sheffield Hallam University next month.

"James is a key figure in South Yorkshire's creative digital industries, and an internationally-recognised industry champion. He is a pioneer in the video game industry, and used his background in electronic engineering to help construct development kits for some of the first game consoles," said the university's Professor Roger Eccleston.

"He was one of the founders of Sumo-Digital and now, as CEO of Foundation 9 Entertainment, he oversees one of the largest global game development companies, responsible for delivering very successful titles in some of the most exciting gaming franchises in the world. James rarely seeks the limelight, but his efforts over the years have contributed greatly to the game development legacy that we have here in Sheffield. So it is very fitting that he should receive this award from Sheffield Hallam University."

As well as his current CEO role North-Hearn has been a head of publishing for Infogrames and a development director for Gremlin. Foundation 9 includes studios like Double Helix, Pipeworks and Sumo Digital.


VIdeo Games

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Nice, well done James!

Posted:11 months ago


Patrick Frost
QA Project Monitor

396 195 0.5
Fantastic news and I hope that James can keep Sumo going from strength to strength. I've really enjoyed working with them as a studio in the past and have hugely enjoyed their latest Sonic Racing title.

Posted:11 months ago


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