Kelly Sumner

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Kelly Sumner (born 29 April 1961), is Chairman of sports technology company Quick Feet, a Director of blockchain video games company Planet Distribution Partners, the Director of personal data security company MEEM Memory[1], and Director of ArBa Developments, a software development and testing company based in Bangalore.

Kelly has run two NASDAQ listed companies. He has 40 years experience in hardware and software, starting as a trainee electronics engineer at Commodore in 1979. He progressed up the corporate ladder becoming Managing Director of Commodore in the UK.

From hardware he went into software, joining US based Nintendo and Sega publisher Gametek as European MD before becoming CEO. Kelly merged Gametek into the fledgling publisher Take Two shortly thereafter.[2] As CEO he took the company to annual sales of $1 billion, investing in the creation of amongst others, Rockstar Games, launching products such as Grand Theft Auto and delivering a four-fold increase in the share price.[3][4]

After Take Two, Kelly became CEO of RedOctane fronting the commercial development of Guitar Hero, the video game that went on the become a $1 Billion franchise. He sold RedOctane to Activision in 2006 for $160m.[5] Kelly has more recently been investing in early stage tech companies. During this period he has been chairman of Intentmedia, which was sold to Newbay Capital; and Mediatonic which was sold to Synova Capital.[6] As noted earlier, Kelly is currently the Chairman of sports technology company Quick Feet, a Director of blockchain video games company Planet Distribution Partners, the Director of personal data security company MEEM Memory, and Director of ArBa Developments, a software development and testing company based in Bangalore.[7][8]

Kelly currently resides in Weybridge Surrey with his wife and two daughters after stints in Miami and NY. In 1992 Kelly won a Golden Joystick on Channel 4’s GamesMaster for completing a challenge playing The Humans on the now much-revered Amiga.

Quotes[edit]

I remember having a phone meeting and they said:

‘We’ve got this idea for a guitar product.’ And my heart sank. I had been involved with guitar products in the past

and they were all dead wood.

- Kelly Sumner, Former Red Octane CEO[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Inside MEEM: the British company making data backup simple". Alphr. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  2. ^ Johnston, Chris (27 April 2000). "GameTek Assets Sold to Take 2". GameSpot. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  3. ^ "RedOctane appoints Kelly Sumner as new CEO". GamesIndustry.biz. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Take-Two Interactive Software Inc". www.marketwatch.com. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Activision Set to Acquire Video Game Publisher RedOctane and Its Highly Popular Guitar Hero Franchise". Activision Blizzard, Inc. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  6. ^ "SYNOVA INVESTS IN MEDIATONIC | Synova Capital". Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  7. ^ Creative, OrangeBall. "TEAM". Planet Digital Partners. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  8. ^ "Company". Meem. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  9. ^ "No one wanted to back it, no one wanted to stock it - the remarkable story of Guitar Hero". 12 March 2015.

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