DEVELOP AWARDS TO HONOUR EUROPEAN GAMES DEVELOPMENT’S BRIGHTEST STARS

Almost 100 games development firms are battling it out for one of 21 accolades at the 2011 Develop Industry Excellence Awards.

The finalists have now been confirmed (see full list below), with 95 firms in total in the running. They hail from nine different countries, with 28 different games represented.

Now in its ninth 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.

The ceremony takes place on July 20 th at the Hilton Metropole Hotel, Brighton.

Sony and Xbox have the most finalist places, with their games and studios taking six nominations each.

The pair’s rival motion-sensor games peripherals– PlayStation Move and Kinect– go head-to-head in the technical innovation category. Key technology in each device was produced in association with the companies’ respective R&D centres in London and Cambridge.

Elsewhere Epic Games scores five nominations; three for Unreal Engine 3, and two for its Polish studio People Can Fly’s Bulletstorm.

Other companies with multiple nods include Rovio Mobile (creator of Angry Birds) with three nominations, and indie hit Minecraft and its creator Mojang Specifications scoring four nominations.

“The varied awards shortlist proves European games development is in great health and always evolving, with small indie teams, larger in-house studios, growing independents and format holders all out in force,” said Develop’s Editor-in-Chief Michael French.

“The Develop Industry Excellence Awards are the only awards designed to reward the creative, commercial and innovative work done by European studios and the firms that support them.Congratulations to the finalists, who beat many competitors to be considered for the development sector’s most prestigious awards ceremony.”

A panel of 100 games development execs from around the world will now vote for the winners in the coming weeks, with the victorious studios named at the ceremony on July 20th.

Contact Kathryn.Humphrey@intentmedia.co.uk or call 01992 535 646 to attend.

The event is sponsored by Crytek (Platinum Sponsor), Amiqus and Supermassive Games (Gold Sponsors), OPM Jobs (Table Gift Partner), Babel Media (Development Legend Award Partner) and Gamecity Hamburg (Event Partner).

Contact Alex.Boucher@intentmedia.co.uk or call 01992 535 646 for more information on sponsorship opportunities.

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The 2011 Develop Industry Excellence Awards nominees in full:

CREATIVITY

NEW IP

Brink (Splash Damage)

Bulletstorm (People Can Fly)

Enslaved (Ninja Theory)

Kinect Sports (Rare)

Kinectimals (Frontier)

NEW DOWNLOAD IP

Amnesia: The Dark Descent (Frictional Games)

Dead Nation (Housemarque)

Hydroventure (Curve Studios)

Limbo (Playdead)

Minecraft (Mojang Specifications)

Tiny Wings (Andreas Illiger)

USE OF A LICENCE OR IP

Angry Birds Rio (Rovio Mobile)

F1 2010 (Codemasters Birmingham)

FIFA Superstars (Playfish)

GoldenEye 007 (Eurocom)

Jenga (NaturalMotion Games)

Michael Jackson: The Experience (Ubisoft Paris)

Mr Men / Little Miss (Digital Goldfish)

Need For Speed Hot Pursuit (Criterion)

VISUAL ARTS

Bulletstorm (People Can Fly)

Crysis 2 (Crytek)

Enslaved (Ninja Theory)

Killzone 3 (Guerrilla Games)

Limbo (Playdead)

MotorStorm Apocalypse (Evolution Studios)

Shogun 2: Total War (The Creative Assembly)

AUDIO ACCOMPLISHMENT

Crysis 2 (Crytek)

DJ Hero 2 (FreeStyleGames)

Enslaved (Ninja Theory)

Fable III (Lionhead)

Kinect Sports (Rare)

Limbo (Playdead)

Papa Sangre (Somethin’ Else)

PUBLISHING HERO

Channel 4

Electronic Arts

Lockwood Publishing

Microsoft

Namco Bandai

SCEE XDEV

Valve

TECHNOLOGY&SERVICES

TECHNICAL INNOVATION

Havok Mobile (Havok)

Kinect (Microsoft Research Cambridge)

Kinect Sports (Rare)

Path of Go AI (Microsoft Research Cambridge)

PlayStation Move (SCEE Vision R&D/User Testing Team/Creative Development Group)

Razor for NGP (SN Systems/SCE R&D)

Unreal Engine (Epic Games)

VISUAL?OUTSOURCER

Atomhawk Design

Axis Animation

Cubic Motion

Fireproof Studios

RealtimeUK

Slide

Spov

AUDIO OUTSOURCER

Air Edel

High Score

Media Mill

Nimrod Productions

Richard Jacques

Side UK

SERVICES

Audiomotion

Babel Media

SQS India

Testology

Testronic Labs

Universally Speaking

U-Trax

RECRUITMENT

Amiqus

Aardvark Swift

Avatar Games

Datascope

MPG Universal

OPM Recruitment

Specialmove

TOOLS PROVIDER

Autodesk

Donya Labs

Epic Games

Hansoft

Havok

NaturalMotion

Unity

ENGINE

BlitzTech (Blitz Games)

CryEngine 3 (Crytek)

Shiva3D (Stonetrip)

Unity (Unity Technologies)

Unreal Engine 3 (Epic Games)

Vision Game Engine (Trinigy)

STUDIOS

NEW STUDIO

Future Games of London

Mobile Pie

Mojang Specifications

Playdead

Rodeo Games

Ruffian Games

Supermassive Games

MICRO STUDIO

Andreas Illiger

Frictional Games

Mobile Pie

Mojang Specifications

Revolution Software

Rodeo Games

That Game Studio

HANDHELD STUDIO

Erik Svedäng

Exient

Ideaworks Game Studio

NaturalMotion Games

Rovio Mobile

Sports Interactive

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Bigpoint

Blitz Games Studios

Curve Studios

Eutechnyx

Lightning Fish

Mind Candy

nDreams

IN-HOUSE STUDIO

Codemasters Studios

Criterion Games

Media Molecule

PopCap Dublin

Sports Interactive

Traveller’s Tales

Ubisoft France

INDEPENDENT STUDIO

Crytek

Mind Candy

Mojang Specifications

Playdead

Rovio Mobile

Splash Damage

Sumo Digital

SPECIAL RECOGNITION

The ceremony ends with the presentation of two special prizes, Development Legend and Grand Prix, honouring an industry-leading individual and company respectively. The winners of these are chosen solely by the Develop editorial team.

For more information about the Develop Awards, contact:

Michael French

Michael.French@intentmedia.co.uk

T: +44 (0)1992 535 656

  


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