Sumo Group has opened applications for a new, free career programme to help experienced developers from studios across the industry to ‘learn their way to leading’ by training in the vital skills they need to progress into leadership positions. Introducing: Sumo Group Evolve.

Evolve is open to people with technical game development experience globally who don’t have access to the learning and development opportunities that larger game development studios often provide. The initiative is particularly aimed at solo developers and those from teams with limited resources, as well as individuals from under-represented and diverse backgrounds.

Participants on the Evolve programme will take part in a series of virtual workshops held by Sumo’s expert developers and its Learning and Development team, headed up by recent Women in Games Careers Expo speaker Jenny Muhlwa (pictured). These sessions, plus access to digital content support and working with like-minded devs, will see those involved gain valuable skills in leadership, inspire them to pursue senior roles and support their future development.

The launch of Evolve follows a 2023 pilot programme, which provided insights and testimonials to develop and improve the initiative ahead of its wider rollout.

Evolve is the latest initiative in Sumo’s history of championing emerging talent from a range of backgrounds. Sumo is proud to be able to open doors to incoming talent through a number of internal and external programmes, and to create opportunities for underrepresented groups to get into the games industry. Sumo is committed to promoting and cultivating a culture of learning and personal development both internally across its 19 global studios, and within the wider games industry.

Other opportunities within Sumo include the Sumo Digital Academy – an apprenticeship programme which launched in September 2020 and welcomes graduates with expertise outside of games to create new pathways into the industry through training in game programming and software development, and – most recently – Technical Art. The Academy also houses the Diversity Internship Training Programme, a six-week, paid programme which offers training and mentoring to those from underrepresented groups.

Sumo’s Learning & Development Partner Consultant Jenny Muhlwa said: Sumo Group Evolve is the latest way in which we are helping to ensure the industry is committed to supporting growth and is accessible as possible.

“As proud as we are of the programmes we run, the whole industry must be committed to developing and championing the incredible talent we possess, as well as discovering and encouraging emerging talent from all corners of society.”

Sumo Group Evolve will take place throughout May, and applications to secure a free place are now open until Friday May 5th.

For more details, including how to apply and dates, head over to the Evolve website.