Prestigious prizes recognise creativity of UK games developers
Thursday 31st July/... Over 500 professionals from the European games development sector gathered in Brighton for the sixth annual Develop Industry Excellence Awards last night, where some 16 companies from across the UK took home key prizes.
Hosted by comedian Glenn Wool, the event honoured the inspirational teams behind the best games released in the past 12 months.
Rockstar was the clear winner on the night, taking home four individual awards, with its Rockstar North studio grabbing both the visual arts and audio accomplishment prizes for its work on Grand Theft Auto IV and being named best in-house developer.
The WiiWare distribution platform helped two award-winners walk home with prizes: independent studio Frontier Developments' downloadable game LostWinds was named as Best New IP, while the much sought-after publishing hero award was given to Nintendo itself for giving studios the chance to publish their own games.
Other UK independents were out in force as prizewinners. Kuju Studios' Doublesix snatched the award for best new UK/European Studio, Ideaworks3D took home the best mobile studio prize, and Splash Damage was named the best independent developer.
The Develop Industry Excellence Awards is Europe’s only awards ceremony dedicated to games developers. The winners are voted for by an independent panel of industry experts and acknowledge the creative achievements across all areas of game development.
In addition, a special Grand Prix Award was bestowed on the company felt by Develop to have contributed the most to games medium during the past year. This was awarded to Rockstar Games, recognising not only the commercial and creative powerhouse Grand Theft Auto IV, but also Rockstar's much-envied studio network which regularly pushes the creative boundaries of gaming.
“This year's 16 different prize-winners prove that despite international pressures games studios across the UK are thriving,” said Michael French, editor, Develop.
"2008's prizes were hotly-contested, reflecting the creative strength of developers across Europe. Our congratulations to all the winners and the other finalists who continue to make games development the most exciting creative industry on the planet."
DEVELOP AWARDS 2008– THE WINNERS
Best New IP:
Lost Winds (Frontier Developments)
Best Use of a Licence:
Lego Indiana Jones (Traveller's Tales)
Rockstar North (Grand Theft Auto IV)
Rockstar North (Grand Theft Auto IV)
TECHNOLOGY AND SERVICES
NaturalMotion / Image Metrics (Grand Theft Auto IV)
Richard Jacques Studios
Games:Edu New Talent Award
University of Abertay&Dare to be Digital
Best Mobile Studio
Best In-House Developer
Best New UK/European Studio
Best Independent Developer
The Develop Industry Excellence Awards 2008
The Develop Industry Excellence Awards were designed to seek excellence in every facet of the UK and European development business, from new start-up studios to multi-team in-house developers, as well as tools providers, service providers and publishers. Judged in secret by a jury of almost 100 independent industry experts they single out those companies who keep this part of the globe at the very forefront of game development.
Develop magazine is the international monthly for games programmers, artists, musicians and producers. It is published by Intent Media.
The Develop Industry Excellence Awards are managed by Intent Media and Barrington Harvey.
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