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JUNE 26th - Epic Games’ Tim Sweeney and Mark Rein will be inducted into the games development hall of fame next month at the Develop Industry Excellence Awards.

At a ceremony on July 10th at the Brighton Hilton Metropole, the pair will each receive the Development Legend award, joining an elite few who have been handed the honour.

This is the first time the award will be presented to figures from the international games development scene. Previous recipients are British-born respected games industry leaders including Peter Molyneux, David Braben, Charles Cecil, Phil Harrison, Ian Livingstone, and last year’s Legend David Perry.

The award acknowledges the pair's success leading Epic Games in 22 years of business both as a developer and creator of major franchises and most importantly as a technology pioneer with the widely-used Unreal Engine. Sweeney is CEO and founder of Epic Games, Rein is Vice President.?

The award will be presented as part of the Develop Industry Excellence Awards, an event hosted by global games development publication Develop ( www.develop-online.net) and its publisher Intent Media.

Michael French, editor-in-chief of Develop, said:

"As this current generation of games consoles closes and as interactive content continues to spread across mobile, web and away from the TV, it is the right time to present our prestigious Legend honour to those who have helped define these changes. The Unreal Engine has supported games of all sizes from around the world, from modern blockbusters to mobile innovations.

"Epic Games' leaders Tim and Mark have helped this company excel in terms of coding genius and commercial smarts, both as a partner to many in the business and an impressive studio network in its own right. Develop looks forward to presenting this honour to Tim and Mark on July 10th."

Sweeney remarked:

“I owe much gratitude to Develop and to all of the gamers and developers who have supported Epic Games, and Mark and I personally, throughout our company's 22-year history. This is awesome!”

“I've always been a huge fan and supporter of the British game industry so it is truly a special honour for me to be able to accept this recognition, along with Tim Sweeney, on behalf of everyone at Epic who has worked tirelessly over the years to delight British gaming enthusiasts and to empower British game developers with the Unreal Engine,” said Rein.“We look forward to continuing to do this and we thank you sincerely for this kind reward!”

The Develop Industry Excellence Awards take place on July 10th at the Hilton Metropole Hotel in Brighton, UK. Event partners include Platinum Partners Crytek, Deep Silver and Microsoft, Gold Partners Testronic, Amiqus, UKIE, Perforce Software, Sumo Digital and Pitbull Studio, Drinks Reception Partner NaturalMotion Games, Table Gift Partner OPM Recruitment, Event Partners Nova Scotia Business Inc and Playmob, and Award Partner ARM.

To book a place at the awards, contact Kathryn.Humphrey@intentmedia.co.uk or call +44 (0)1992 535 646.

About Epic Games

Established in 1991, Epic Games, Inc. develops cutting-edge games and cross-platform game engine technology. The company is responsible for the bestselling“Unreal” series of games, the blockbuster“Gears of War” franchise and the groundbreaking“Infinity Blade” line of mobile games. Epic’s award-winning Unreal Engine technology has won dozens of awards and is available for licensing. Epic is continually recruiting top talent for its studios located in North Carolina, Washington, Utah, Poland, Korea and Japan. For more information, visit? http://www.epicgames.com?and follow @EpicGames.

About Develop&the Develop Industry Excellence Awards

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The Develop Industry Excellence Awards are now in their eleventh year, and reward the creative and commercial endeavours of games developers across Europe. Key accolades acknowledging successes in fields like Visual Arts, new IP creation, business development and technical innovation are handed out at an event attended by over 500 games industry execs. Visit www.developawards.com, and follow @developawards on Twitter.


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