Don't worry, you're in the right place - we have a new look.
Read more
Sumo Group is an award-winning games development company creating the industry’s most popular video games, including Sonic Racing, Little Big Planet and Hitman. In the last few years they’ve experienced rapid growth, taking them to over 1,400 employees and 17 video game development studios around the world.
User Licenses
Use Case
Employee engagement
Skills development
Social learning

Rapid growth

With employees spread across the UK, Europe, India and Canada, the creative company needed a learning platform to surface employee expertise and share it across the entire company, connecting those in different locations.

Sumo’s vision

When looking for a new learning solution, Sumo found the more traditional learning management systems didn’t have the social features they needed to fulfil their vision. Their key objective was to cultivate a culture in which learners are teachers, and everybody can take ownership of their own personal development. They also required a platform that could become their workplace hub for leaders to get their message out to the whole organisation.

Additionally, as a gaming company, UI and UX are at the heart of Sumo. So, it was crucial their learning system was engaging, easy to use and intuitive. They put a few learning platforms to the test and set out on a Thrive pilot with 45 employees. Jenny Muhlwa, Learning and Development Manager at Sumo Group, commented:

“Unanimously, Thrive came back as our provider of choice because of the great user experience, it was so easy to use and understand. We put it out to our people and asked how they felt about it. People said it was so intuitive and I’m going to be coming back to it regularly, which was the key point for us.”
Content completions

Over 125,000 pieces of content have been completed with only 1% being mandatory

Hiring smarter and promoting faster

42% increase in overall talent and a 10% increase in promotions for active learners

Social learning

Over 14K social interactions including likes, shares, pins and comments

Learning and communication

Sumo Group teamed up with Thrive to embed a learning platform they named DOJO. This would bring to life a self-directed, social learning culture and enable improved communication across the business. With Thrive’s handy auto-curation tools, the L&D team were able to launch with a range of curated content, covering topics including wellbeing, equality, diversity and inclusion. Within the first 30 days, 89% of Sumo's people logged in and contributed 414 pieces of user-generated content, and since launch, 89% of the content on DOJO has been user-generated, with a 95% engagement rate.

From May 2020 to March 2022:

  • DOJO usage increased by 98.3%
  • There were 80,000 logins, 309,750 content views, and 29,211 searches on the platform
  • Sumo's people completed 127,600 pieces of content, less than 1% of which was mandatory
  • They generated 14,300 social interactions, including likes, shares, pins and comments.

What's more, by highlighting L&D and DOJO during recruitment, they saw a 42% increase in overall talent, and a 10% increase in promotions compared to 2020-2021.

Spotify campaign to stay connected

Since launch, Sumo has delivered a range of creative learning initiatives to drive employee engagement. One campaign that was particularly popular was their DOJO Dukebox; a Spotify playlist embedded in Thrive with a weekly theme that learners can add songs to. This really brought their teams together and enabled their people to collaborate in social activities when working remotely, helping DOJO become not just the go-to place for learning, but the go-to social space for their people to connect.

From worlds apart to 'world class'

The positive impacts of DOJO were felt strongly in Sumo's employees' responses to The Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work For survey. From 2019 to 2021, Sumo's overall score went from 1 star (very good) to 3 stars (world-class). In 2022, they retained 3-star status and were named the 12th Best Large Company to Work For in the UK. Every survey category saw a sharp rise in scores, including 'personal growth', 'wellbeing' and 'leadership', showing DOJO accomplished what it set out to achieve: creating a place to meet others, share knowledge and develop through networks of learning.

An award-winning relationship

After utilising the services of our in-house team of Data Analysts as a part of our Thrive Impact service, Sumo were able to prove the impact of their learning activity - leading to our partnership winning two awards. Firstly, the Digital prize at the 2022 Learning Excellence Awards, then silver in 'Best Use of Digital Technologies' at the 2022 UK Employee Experience Awards.

Jenny Muhlwa

Learning & Development Manager at Sumo Group

"Thrive is incredibly responsive and really does their best to deliver and create an amazing learning experience for everyone across our Sumo Studios. "

Case Studies

Thrive empowers 3M+ learners in world-class companies

Find out more
350+ modern companies like Volvo, British Airways, Sky, Krispy Kreme, Financial Times, Frasers Group, Vodafone and Travis Perkins, trust Thrive to power their people’s development.
Slide 1

MyTutor finds the perfect solution to their learning, collaboration and internal comms challenges.

Read more

Middlesbrough College implements Thrive to overhaul their onboarding programme, ensure 100% compliance and foster a culture of continuous learning.

Read more

Fast-growing and sales savvy lead generation business SoPro scales up onboarding time with a new centralised learning platform.

Read more

Wirral Council enables 4,000 remote workers to learn and upskill with Thrive.

Read more

The doughnut giant finds the perfect learning platform that hits the sweet spot between collaboration, engagement and compliance.

Read more

Award-winning estate agents Yopa Property upgraded from Moodle and achieved instant results.

Read more

Leading lingerie and adult toy brand increases sales by over 10% with Thrive.

Read more

The Rum Kitchen uses Thrive to improve their restaurant hygiene scores while upskilling and educating their learners.

Read more

Bally's reduces cost of learning by 40% while halving onboarding time.

Read more

Engagement levels soar through self-directed learning partnership with Thrive.

Read more

Sumo Group increases content views, social interactions and staff promotions with Thrive.

Read more

Beauty Works transforms their learning and communication thanks to Thrive.

Read more

Brakes increases social learning with a modern learning platform.

Read more

Great Places Housing Group reduces employee onboarding time by a third whilst doubling their L&D ROI.

Read more

Dorset Council increases learning engagement for their 10,000 employees.

Read more

Find out how the contract caterers transformed their training offering, and shaved three months off their Chef School programme.

Read more

Leading lifestyle brand Ted Baker enjoys a 676% increase in ROI by moving to Thrive.

Read more

FatFace selects Thrive as their Learning Platform in order to increase engagement, deliver communications and up their content game.

Read more

Injazat digitises their global teams learning with Thrive.

Read more

Huel, the UK's 7th fastest-growing company, transforms their onboarding process with Thrive.

Read more

Sky, Europe’s largest media company, switched to Thrive - and now they’re reaching half a million content views a month.

Read more

LendInvest adds extra business value by creating a self-directed learning culture.

Read more

Beauty's biggest disruptor, DECIEM, masters social learning with 95% engagement and 83 minutes per week on self directed learning

Read more

See Thrive in action

Explore what impact Thrive could make for your team and your learners today.