DEVELOP AWARDS NIGHT TO HONOR THE INDUSTRY’S FINEST

Thursday 3rd June - The finalists for the Develop Industry Excellence Awards 2010 have been revealed today, with 80 companies from 14 nations competing for 21 different accolades.

Rocksteady Studios, Quantic Dream, Realtime Worlds, EA DICE and Codemasters are just some of the developers hoping to pick up one the most respected industry awards in the business.

Now in its eighth year, the Develop Awards is the only event on the games industry calendar to recognise the creative and commercial innovations made by European games developers.

This year's event takes place on July 14th at the Hilton Metropole Hotel in Brighton. Over 500 industry from the games development community will gather on the night for a celebration of the industry's creative genius.

The nominations list (below) covers 24 different games made by European studios, with 13 of those being original properties. There are also four new award catagories for the event– Best New Download IP, Best Micro Studio, Best Audio Outsourcer and Best Visual Outsourcer.

Sony leads the way with nine nominations for its various European teams in the UK (London, Cambridge and Liverpool). 'Split/Second' and its Brighton-based developer Black Rock has five nominations, with Parisian outfit Quantic Dream (developer of 'Heavy Rain') and London studio Rocksteady ('Batman: Arkham Asylum') just behind that on four nominations each.

Other key nominees from across Europe include Unity (Denmark), Channel 4 (UK), Bigpoint (Germany), Amanita Design (Czechoslovakia), Remedy Games (Finland) and Realtime Worlds (UK). Global technology leaders like Epic Games, Havok, Dolby and Emergent are also in the running for prizes.

Top comic Rufus Hound will host this year’s event. Sponsors include Autodesk (Exclusive Drinks Sponsor), Realtime UK (Event Partner) and Babel Media (Development Legend sponsor).

Early bird rates on tickets and tables are still open for those wishing to attend the event– but only until June 7th– with discounts as big as£500 on tables and 25 per cent on seats.

To book your place at the event contact Kathryn.Humphrey@intentmedia.co.uk, or call 01992 535 646.

There are a number of promotional possibilities at the event that include category and award sponsorship. Contact Katie.Rawlings@intentmedia.co.uk for more information on how you can get involved.

Editorial enquiries about the Develop Awards should go to Michael.French@intentmedia.co.uk

DEVELOP AWARDS 2010: FINALISTS

CREATIVITY

Best New IP

Blur (Bizarre Creations)

Heavy Rain (Quantic Dream)

Alan Wake (Remedy Games)

EyePet (SCE London Studio)

Backbreaker (NaturalMotion)

APB (Realtime Worlds)

Split/Second (Black Rock Studio)

Best New Download IP

Angry Birds (Rovio)

VVVVVV (Distractionware)

Chime (Zoe Mode)

Machinariam (Amanita Design)

Orbital (BitForge)

Blue Toad Murder Files (Relentless Software)

Joe Danger (Hello Games)

Best Use of a Licence or IP

Batman: Arkham Asylum (Rocksteady Games)

Metro 2033 (4A Games)

Silent Hill: Shattered Memories (Climax Games)

Doctor Who: The Adventure Games (Sumo Digital / Revolution)

LittleBigPlanet PSP (SCE Cambridge)

Aliens vs Predator (Rebellion)

Visual Arts

Machinarium (Amanita Design)

Batman: Arkham Asylum (Rocksteady Games)

Alan Wake (Remedy Games)

Heavy Rain (Quantic Dream)

EyePet (SCE London Studio)

Split/Second (Black Rock Studio)

Audio Accomplishment

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (EA DICE)

Blur (Bizarre Creations)

DJ Hero (FreeStyleGames)

Operation Flashpoint 2: Dragon Rising (Codemasters)

Split/Second (Black Rock Studio)

Silent Hill: Shattered Memories (Climax)

Batman: Arkham Asylum (Rocksteady Games)

Publishing Hero

Sega

Sony XDev

Bigpoint

Microsoft

Channel 4

BBC

TECHNOLOGY&SERVICES

Technical Innovation

Heavy Rain (Quantic Dream)

Sony Augmented Reality (EyePet/Invizimals)

Unity Engine (Unity Technologies)

Bigpoint Uniter (Bigpoint)

Split/Second (Black Rock studio)

Hustle Kings (VooFoo)

Tools Provider

Autodesk

Scaleform

Havok

Hansoft

SCE (R&D/SN Systems/PlayStation Home)

Audiokinetic

Dolby

Engine

Unity

Unreal Engine 3

Gamebryo Lightspeed

CryEngine

Trinigy Vision Engine

Services

Babel Media

Audiomotion

Catalyst

Testology

Universally Speaking

Testronic Labs

Audio Outsourcer

Outsource Media UK

SIDE

Richard Jacques Studios

Nimrod

Media Mill

Audio Guys

High Score Productions

Visual Outsourcer

SPOV TV

Axis Animation

Image Metrics

Realtime UK

Imagination Studios

Recruitment Company

SpecialMove

Natural Selection

Amiqus

OPM

Aardvark

Handle

STUDIOS

Best New Studio

Lightning Fish

VooFoo

Hello Games

Six to Start

Wonderland

4A Games

NaturalMotion

Micro Studio

Starfruit

Mobigame

Amanita Design

Binary Tweed

Hello Games

Tag Games

Distractionware

Handheld Studio

Rovio

Rockstar Leeds

Novaroma

SCE Cambridge

Ideaworks Game Studios

Digital Goldfish

Business Development

Avalanche

Sony XDev

Eutechnyx

Blitz 1UP

X2 Games– Exient

NDreams

In-House Studio

Rocksteady Games

Bizarre Creations

Black Rock Studio

SCE London Studio

Sports Interactive

Creative Assembly

Codemasters

Independent Studio

Realtime Worlds

Quantic Dream

Sumo Digital

Remedy Games

Jagex

Red Lynx

SPECIAL RECOGNITION

Development Legend, sponsored by Babel Media

Grand Prix

There are no finalists for these prizes - they are special awards given by Develop to a key individual and top company that has innovated, supported the games industry, and helped drive its growth within the last year and their lifetimes. The winners are chosen after soundings from the games industry.


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