Develop Awards 2012: The finalists are unveiled

TUESDAY, MAY 23 rd - Ninety-six companies, ranging from one-man outfits to development teams of over 200 people, are in the running for key accolades at the 2012 Develop Industry Excellence Awards.

It’s the most diverse array of finalists seen in the event’s 10-year history. The Develop Awards reward outstanding work done by games studios in Europe over the last 12 months.

Big names in the running include Rocksteady Studios, Bigpoint, Mind Candy, EA DICE and Ubisoft, plus new studios such as Big Bit, Bossa Studios, Toxic Games and We R Interactive. There are nominations alike for for commercial juggernauts such as Driver, Magic: The Gathering and Minecraft, plus acclaimed original games such as Dear Esther, Monstermind, and Where is My Heart?.

Winners will be awarded on stage at a gala ceremony on the evening of Wednesday, July 11 th hosted at the Hilton Metropole Hotel, Brighton.

To book your tickets, contact Kathryn.Humphrey@intentmedia.co.uk or call her on 01992 535 645.

“After a month of careful painstaking deliberation by the Develop team, no corner of the business has been left unturned,” said Develop editor-in-chief Michael French.

“Finalists hail from across the UK and continental Europe, and come from every major games category, from core console and PC games to mobile, social, browser and free-to-play.

“Our shortlist shows that, as power continues to shift in the games development sector, new nimble online and indie developers are standing toe-to-toe with their big budget console brothers. We’re looking forward to seeing who our jury picks as the ultimate winners in these hotly contested awards.”

Now, a jury of over 100 games development executives will vote for the winners ahead of the July ceremony. Judges will be named after the event in the August issue of Develop’s monthly print magazine.

The Develop Industry Excellence Awards 2012 is sponsored by Crytek (Platinum Partner), Deep Silver (Platinum Partner), Amiqus (Gold Partner), Rare (Gold Partner), Supermassive Games (Gold Partner), Testronic Labs (Gold Partner), UKIE (Gold Partner), Game Connection (Category Partner – Studios), OPM Jobs (Table Gift Partner), Nova Scotia Business (Drinks Reception Partner), Zattika (Event Partner).

For details on sponsorship and partner opportunities contact Alex.Boucher@intentmedia.co.uk or call him on 01992 535 647

DEVELOP INDUSTRY EXCELLENCE AWARDS 2012: THE FINALISTS

CATEGORY: CREATIVITY

NEW IP

Brink (Splash Damage)

Dear Esther (Thechineseroom)

Frozen Synapse (Mode 7 Games)

Monstermind (Bossa Studios)

My Horse (NaturalMotion Games)

Zombies, Run! (Six to Start)

USE OF A LICENCE

Batman: Arkham City (Rocksteady Studios)

Battlestar Galactica Online (Bigpoint/Artplant)

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 (TT Games)

LEGO Life of George (LEGO Group Denmark)

Magic: The Gathering – Duels of the Planeswalkers (Stainless Games)

Peppa Pig (Strawdog Studios)

Team Hot Wheels Apptivity (Big Bit)

Who Wants to be a Millionaire? (Doublesix Games)

USE OF NARRATIVE

Batman: Arkham City (Rocksteady Studios)

Dear Esther (Thechineseroom)

Driver: San Francisco (Ubisoft Reflections)

Misfits: Community Service (Mobile Pie)

Where is My Heart? (Die Gute Fabrik)

Zombies, Run! (Six to Start)

VISUAL ARTS

Batman: Arkham City (Rocksteady Studios)

Battlefield 3 (EA Dice)

Dear Esther (Thechineseroom)

Rayman Origins (Ubsioft Montpellier)

Trine 2 (Frozenbyte)

Wonderputt (Damp Gnat)

AUDIO ACCOMPLISHMENT

Battlefield 3 (EA Dice)

Batman: Arkham City (Rocksteady Studios)

Beat Sneak Bandit (Simogo)

Driver: San Francisco (Ubisoft Reflections)

Okabu (Hand Circus)

Total War: Fall of the Samurai (The Creative Assembly)

Zombies, Run! (Six to Start)

PUBLISHING HERO

Connect2Media

IndieCity

Indie Fund

SCEE Xdev

Steam

Thumbstar

CATEGORY: TECHNOLOGY & SERVICES

TECHNICAL INNOVATION

Enlighten (Geomerics)

Kinect Sports: Season Two (Rare)

Monstermind (Bossa Studios)

MotorStorm RC (Evolution Studios)

My Horse (NaturalMotion Games)

Circus Challenge (Pitbull Studio)

Team Hot Wheels Apptivity (Big Bit)

USE OF ONLINE

Aurora (nDreams)

Eve Online (CCP)

Monstermind (Bossa Studios)

Minecraft 360 (4J Studios/Mojang Specifications)

PlayStation Home (SCE)

Trials Evolution (Red Lynx)

World of Tanks (Wargaming.net)

VISUAL OUTSOURCER

Atomhawk Design

Axis Animation

Cubic Motion

Dimensional Imaging

Imagination Studios

RealtimeUK

TrioViz

AUDIO OUTSOURCER

Nimrod Productions

Outsource Media UK

Richard Jacques Studios

Side

The Audio Guys

Wave Studios

SERVICES

Audiomotion

LocalizeDirect

Pinewood Studios

Testronic Labs

Universally Speaking

VMC Game Labs

TOOLS PROVIDER

Autodesk

Epic Games

Firelight Technologies

Hansoft

Havok

NaturalMotion

RAD Game Tools

Unity Technologies

Xaitment

ENGINE

BigWorld Client (BigWorld Technology)

CryEngine 3 (Crytek)

Havok Vision Engine (Havok)

HeroEngine (Simultroncs)

Marmalade (Ideaworks 3D)

Unity 3.5 (Unity Technologies)

Unreal Engine 3 (Epic Games)

RECRUITER

Aardvark Swift

Amiqus

Avatar Games

Datascope Recruitment

OPM Jobs

MPG Universal

CATEGORY: STUDIOS

NEW STUDIO

Thechineseroom

Big Bit

Bossa Studios

ShortRound Games

Six to Start

Toxic Games

We R Interactive

MICRO STUDIO

Thechineseroom

Dakko Dakko

Mobile Pie

ShortRound Games

Six to Start

Rodeo Games

Tanukii Studios/Room 4 Games

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Mind Candy

Zattika

Playground Games

NaturalMotion Games

Stainless Games

Rovio Entertainment

nDreams

Wargaming.net

INDEPENDENT STUDIO

Blitz Games Studios

Bossa Studios

CCP

Crytek

Frontier Developments

Mediatonic

Preloaded

Rovio Entertainment

IN-HOUSE STUDIO

The Creative Assembly

EA Dice

Rare

Red Lynx

Rocksteady Studios

TT Games

Ubisoft Montpelier

Bigpoint Hamburg

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