Veteran Sumo Digital game developer and commercial director Ian Richardson has died at the age of 53.
Richardson was part of the industry for over 30 years, primarily in business development and sales roles at studios such as Rage, Europress and Ocean Software. He has spent the last six years of his career at Sumo Digital as the studio’s director of business development. He was also an ambassador for the UK charity SpecialEffect and helped the organization raise significant sums of money.
Throughout his career, Richardson has credited himself with dozens of games, most recently including Forza Horizon 4, Forza Motorsport 7, Team Sonic Racing and Snake Pass.
Sumo issued a statement to GamesIndustry in which he said "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 all of a sudden and too soon, our thoughts are with his family and everything he loved about him at the moment.Ian's loss leaves a hole in Sumo, the industry and all of us be lucky enough to call him our friend.
To all of our industry friends, the terrible news this weekend of the death of Ian Richardson has hit us hard. Sumo has lost one of its brightest stars. Gone suddenly and too soon, our thoughts are with his family and everything he loved. Http://t.co/tR9Za9nMmCJuly 27, 2021
Fellow Sumo workers and other industry figures have honored Richardson on Twitter, and many have explained what a genuine, kind person he was. Sumo business development manager David Dino called Richardson “an amazing mentor and friend” who had “such a big impact” on the industry. Marketing and Events Executive James Megretton said "I wouldn't be where I am today in Sumo without his friendship and mentoring," calling him "my partner, my friend, my Tour Dad."
Richardson leaves behind four children: Stef, Britt, Miles and Isobel, along with his partner Nikki Thurston.