WILL SACKBOY BEAT OFF HOOKERS? MEDIA MOLECULE AND ROCKSTAR TO DUKE IT OUT FOR THIS YEAR'S DEVELOP INDUSTRY EXCELLENCE AWARDS

Friday 5th June/... The nominations for the 2009 Develop Industry Excellence Awards have today been unveiled, with Rockstar and Media Molecule set to contest the most categories.

Rockstar Leeds and Rockstar North share six nominations for GTA: Chinatown Wars and GTA IV: The Lost and the Damned, whilst Media Molecule scoop five after a stunning year for LittleBigPlanet.

A real mix of coding talent go head to head in the Best New Studio category, where home console developers compete against handheld and web-based programmers after a year which has seen gaming explode across a range of platforms.

Perhaps the most interesting contest will be in the Technical Innovation category, where LittleBigPlanet will take on Killzone 2, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, Fable II, PlayStation Home and Football Manager Live.

The Develop Industry Excellence Awards are the only accolades that celebrate the achievements of the European development community. An industry-wide panel of experts drawn from the magazine's extensive readership will vote on 16 awards spread across four categories, with a very special Grand Prix award determined by the Develop team themselves. In addition, another Development Legend will be honoured. 

“This year's finalists showcase the wide array of talent working in and serving the UK and European games development sector, and also the broad, forward-thinking remit of the Develop team,” says Michael French, Editor-in-Chief, Develop.“The shortlist covers everything from traditional console games to iPhone, Facebook, Flash and social experiences, proving just what a rewarding and vibrant sector games development in Europe is. We wish all of the nominees the best of luck and look forward to seeing them on what's set to be a great night.”

The Develop industry Excellence Awards are held in association with Partnertrans, Black Rock Studios, Babel Media and Crytek.

The Awards will be held on Wednesday July 15th at the Hilton Metropole Brighton and hosted by Eight out of 10 Cats star, Jason Manford. 

Develop Industry Excellence Awards nominations in full:

CREATIVITY

 

Best New IP

LittleBigPlanet (Media Molecule)

Mirror's Edge (EA DICE)

Pure (Black Rock Studio)

Zen Bound (Secret Exit)

You're in the Movies (Zoe Mode)

Burn Zombie Burn! (Doublesix)

 

Best Use of a Licence

Lego Batman (Traveller's Tales)

The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena (Starbreeze Studios)

Outrun Online Arcade (Sumo Digital)

Beijing 2008 - The Official Video Game of the Olympic Games (Eurocom)

House of the Dead: Overkill (Headstrong Games)

Hasbro Family Game Night (EA BrightLight)

 

Visual Arts

LittleBigPlanet (Media Molecule)

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (Rockstar Leeds)

Killzone 2 (Guerrilla)

Xbox 360 Avatars (Rare)

PlayStation Home (London Studio)

Pure (Black Rock Studio)

Audio Accomplishment

Fable II (Lionhead)

Mirror's Edge (EA DICE)

You're in the Movies (Zoe Mode)

House of the Dead: Overkill (Headstrong Games)

GTAIV: The Lost and the Damned (Rockstar North)

Empire Total War (The Creative Assembly)

 

Publishing Hero

Apple

Sega

Direct2Drive

Codemasters

Ngmoco

Valve

 

TECHNOLOGY&SERVICES

 

Technical Innovation

LittleBigPlanet (Media Molecule)

Killzone 2 (Guerilla)

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (Rockstar Leeds)

Fable II (Lionhead)

PlayStation Home (London Studio)

Football Manager Live (Sports Interactive)

 

Best Tools Provider

Autodesk

Havok

Audiokinetic

Hansoft

Perforce

Scaleform

Quazal

 

Best Engine

Unreal Engine 3 (Epic Games)

Gamebryo (Emergent Game Technologies)

BlitzTech (Blitz Games Studios)

Unity (Unity Technologies)

Vision Engine (Trinigy)

PhyreEngine (SCEE R&D)

 

Recruitment Company

Aadvark Swift

Datascope

OPM

Amiqus

Natural Selection

Specialmove

 

Services

Testology

Babel

Universally Speaking

Partnertrans

Testronic Labs

Audiomotion

Centroid

 

Creative Outsourcing

High Score Productions

Axis Animation

Outsource Media UK

Side&Sidelines

Richard Jacques Studios

Nimrod

Pitstop Productions

 

STUDIOS

 

Best New Studio

Media Molecule

nDreams

Hand Circus

Proper Games

Playfish

Crytek Budapest

 

Best Handheld Games Studio

Rockstar Leeds

Exient

Curve

Traveller's Tales Fusion

Secret Exit

 

Business Development

Revolution

Gimme5Games

Monumental Games

Playfish

Crytek

Blitz Games Studios

 

Best Independent Developer

Media Molecule

Sumo Digital

Crytek

Asobo Studio

Starbreeze Studio

Jagex

 

Best In-House Team

Lionhead

Sports Interactive

Black Rock Studio

EA DICE

Rockstar North

Rockstar Leeds

 

Winners of the Development Legend and G rand Prix Awards will be announced on the night.

For tickets and sponsorship opportunities please contact Jodie Holdway on 01462 5456780 or Jodie.holdway@bhpr.co.uk

Early Bird bookings received before 15th June 2009

£2250 + vat - Gold table seating ten

£1975 + vat - Standard table seating ten.

£199 + vat - Individual seats

Bookings received on or after 15th June 2009

£2475 + vat - Gold table seating ten

£2250 + vat - Standard table seating ten.

£235 + vat - Individual seats


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