Sumo Digital co-founder and director Ian Richardson dies aged 53

By Tom West,
Industry veteran Ian Richardson, co-founder and director of Sumo Digital has sadly passed away at the age of 53.

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The news of Ian Richardson’s passing comes via and details that his death is being treated as natural causes. Richardson’s latest role was business development director and co-founder of Sumo Digital — the developer of games such as Crackdown 3, and more recently, Hood: Outlaws & Legends. He was also a strong advocate and ambassador for the games industry charity SpecialEffect, raising money to support the program. Before Sumo, Richardson held senior positions throughout the industry during the Nineties at Ocean, Gremlin, Europress, and Rage.

Sumo Digital has released the following statement:
"To all our friends in the industry, the terrible news this weekend of the passing of Ian Richardson has hit us hard. Sumo has lost one of its brightest stars. Gone suddenly and far too early, our thoughts are with his family and all that loved him at this time.

So many of you knew him, he was a wonderful, caring, gentle person, and much-loved industry-wide. The outpouring of emotion on social media and in the emails and calls we have received this weekend from his friends around the world, is testament to his character and standing in an industry he had been part of almost since it began.

Ian's energy and dedication was boundless, for early morning calls with the East or late-night calls with the West, he always made the time. He loved planning trips and was always the first to arrive and the last to leave every conference or show on the calendar. Ian knew everyone there and didn't waste a moment catching up with all of them. Often seen in the bar at the end of the day, glass of chardonnay in hand and never without an industry story to keep us all entertained.

Ian loved working with his Sumo family, and we all loved him greatly. A treasured member of the games industry and true ambassador not only for Sumo, but for SpecialEffect, the charity he dedicated so much time and energy to.

The loss of Ian leaves a hole in Sumo, in the industry, and in all of us who were lucky enough to call him our friend. He will be greatly missed.

We hope to see you all again soon and raise a glass together in his honour."
Ian Richardson leaves behind his four children Stef, Britt, Miles, and Isobel, his partner Nikki, and a rich legacy of games. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.
Tom West
Written by Tom West
Tom has been playing video games since he was old enough to hold a controller, experimenting with systems like the Nintendo 64 and Playstation until he eventually fell in love with the Xbox 360. With a passion for the platform, he decided to make a career out of it, and now happily spends his days writing about that which he loves. If he’s not achievement hunting, you’ll likely find him somewhere in The Elder Scrolls Online.