Sections
Best Places to Work graphic

Making the games industry a better place to work

Find out more
Best Places to Work graphic

Sumo Group acquires Pipeworks for $100m

Deal for Oregon-based studio adds 134 people to Sumo's global workforce, and indicates ambitions to expand into the US

Sumo Group has made one of its largest acquisitions to date, with a $100 million deal for the US-based developer Pipeworks Inc.

The acquisition is strategically significant for Sumo, given its location in Eugene, Oregon. In a statement released today, the UK firm said it intends to expand further into the US from its new west coast stronghold.

Pipeworks also adds a team of 134 to the total Sumo Group workforce, which is now just short of 1,000 people worldwide.

Founded in 1999, Pipeworks is an established co-development studio with a long list of industry partners. The company has worked on more than 100 games, including EA Sports Madden NFL series, ReLogic's Terraria, and projects for Wizards of the Coast.

It has also created original IP, and has an enterprise division that applies "game science" to fields like remote healthcare, remote learning, and the US public sector.

The acquisition follows a strong half-year performance from the UK firm. In the six months ending June 30, 2020, Sumo saw revenue increase by 27% year-on-year to £26.3 million.

It also reported £2.8 million in pre-tax profit, up from £1.3 million last year.

This growth was attributed to a relatively busy release slate, with seven games released in 2020 so far. Of that number, it's notable that four were original IP: Spyder, Little Orpheus, WST Snooker and Hood.

Best Places to Work graphic

Making the games industry a better place to work

Find out more
Best Places to Work graphic

More stories

Sumo opens second studio in Canada

Timbre Games will be headed by former VP at EA and Maxis, Joe Nickolls

By Marie Dealessandri

Sumo Group CEO: "We're only as good as the last game we make" | GI Live Online

During our event, Carl Cavers revealed how the UK firm earned the trust of Xbox and PlayStation when handling first-party IPs

By Vikki Blake

Latest comments

Sign in to contribute

Need an account? Register now.