Sheffield-based games developer Sumo Digital has expanded its operations by taking on the Newcastle studio of CCP Games.

The financial terms of the deal remain undisclosed but all 34 staff members at the studio have transferred to Sumo Digital and will remain at the Newcastle base.

Sumo Digital, which was established in 2003, now operates four studios in Sheffield, Nottingham, Newcastle and Pune, India, and employs approximately 450 staff.

"We are delighted that such a talented group of individuals has joined Sumo Digital, further enhancing the group's skills and depth of expertise,” said Carl Cavers, chief executive of Sumo Group.

"Our experience of opening the Nottingham Studio in 2016 shows us that expansion into a new location opens the door to a whole new pool of talent, a crucial element in our growth plans.

"Sumo Group only recently began working with CCP Games. Both organisations were keen to keep the Newcastle team together and we were very pleased to complete the transfer at the start of our new financial year and first full year as a plc."

Hilmar Veigar Pétursson, CEO of CCP Games, added: "Sumo Digital is a great home for the team in Newcastle.

"As we say goodbye to our former colleagues we know that they will do great things there, and we can’t wait to see what they do next."

Sumo has relationships with international developers and publishers including Microsoft, Sony and Sega and has worked on titles including OutRun 2, Forza, Hitman, LittleBigPlanet, and Sega & Sonic All-Stars.