DEVELOP AWARDS: The winners; the highlights

Will Freeman
DEVELOP AWARDS: The winners; the highlights

A gala ceremony in Brighton was attended by over 550 people from 150 companies, where they saw the likes of Moshi Monsters, Dear Esther and World of Tanks handed highly-coveted awards.

Now in its tenth year, the Develop Industry Excellence Awards recognise creative, commercial and technical smarts. Taking place at the Hilton Metropole Hotel, Brighton, last night's event was the most attended night in the Develop Awards' decade rewarding developers for their hard work.

Moshi Monsters creator Mind Candy took home the top prize, the Grand Prix, which recognised a blistering period of growth for the children's online game firm which has broken through as a true mainstream property in the last 18 months.

Seven key prizes went to new, nimble British companies: Mode 7 Games took home the New IP prize for Frozen Synapse, Facebook games pioneer Bossa was named best New Studio, while thechineseroom (pictured) took two awards, winning Micro Studio and Use of Narrative for Dear Esther. 

Other UK winners included in-game lighting tech outfit Geomerics, apps powerhouse NaturalMotion Games, Rocksteady Studios, Cubic Motion and Amiqus.

But there were honours too for big, established games franchises including Rayman, Batman and Battlefield, and Total War creator The Creative Assembly.

As previously announced, games development visionary David Perry was awarded the Development Legend prize, honouring his forward-thinking when it comes to founding new businesses in the games industry.

Perry received a standing ovation for proud win - his mother had come along to the event to see him collect his prize. A video montage of his lifetime of achievements can be seen at the bottom of this story. 

The ceremony also kicked off with the traditional Develop Awards opening video, which saw industry luminaries including Peter Molyneux, Ian Livingstone, Jo Twist, Michael Acton Smith and Mark Rein. You can see the hilarious video here.

And for in depth Develop Awards coverage, click here.

A full list of winners can be found immediately below.

 

THE WINNERS IN FULL

CATEGORY: CREATIVITY
 
NEW IP
Frozen Synapse (Mode 7 Games)
 
USE OF A LICENCE
Batman: Arkham City (Rocksteady Studios)
 
USE OF NARRATIVE
Dear Esther (Thechineseroom)
 
VISUAL ARTS
Rayman Origins (Ubsioft Montpellier)
 
AUDIO ACCOMPLISHMENT
Battlefield 3 (EA Dice)
 
PUBLISHING HERO
Steam
 
 
CATEGORY: TECHNOLOGY & SERVICES
 
TECHNICAL INNOVATION
Enlighten (Geomerics)
 
USE OF ONLINE
World of Tanks (Wargaming.net)
 
VISUAL OUTSOURCER
Cubic Motion
 
AUDIO OUTSOURCER
Side
 
SERVICES
VMC Game Labs
 
TOOLS PROVIDER
Epic Games
 
ENGINE
Unity 3.5 (Unity Technologies)
 
RECRUITER
Amiqus
 
 
CATEGORY: STUDIOS
 
NEW STUDIO
Bossa Studios
 
MICRO STUDIO
Thechineseroom
 
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
NaturalMotion Games
 
INDEPENDENT STUDIO
CCP
 
IN-HOUSE STUDIO
The Creative Assembly
 
 
SPECIAL AWARDS
 
DEVELOPMENT LEGEND
David Perry
 
GRAND PRIX
Mind Candy

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