Develop:Brighton is a three-day conference and expo that opened on Tuesday 9th and ends today, Thursday 11th July, 2019, and the accompanying Develop:Star Awards took place overnight on July 10th. The Awards – the first of which was handed out by Hello Games’ Sean Murray – “recognise the very best of the game development community” and celebrates the achievements of developers and their games across 15 categories, including one ultimate Develop Star award given to an “extraordinary game developer” for outstanding achievement and contribution to the industry.
With the exception of the Develop Star Award – which was awarded to Sean Murray – each winner was decided by an industry vote open to more than 4000 people with conference passes to this year’s Develop:Brighton, or who have attended over the past three years.
The big winners last night included Weather Factory, which picked up three awards for Best Micro Studio, Best Games Design, and Best Innovation, whilst Sumo Digital picked up Best Studio. Game of the Year went to Overcooked! 2 whilst Old School Runscape Mobile secured Best Mobile Game.
Amiqus received the 2019 Recruitment Star award and Curve Digital picked up this year’s Publishing Star prize.
“What a night,” said Andy Lane, managing director at Tandem Events. “It was a pleasure to see the community celebrating together as we handed out the first of many Develop:Star awards. I’d like to congratulate the winners and thank everyone who came, including our amazing sponsors. We’ll see you all again next year.”
The full winners are as follows:
Best Visual Art: Forza Horizon 4 – Playground Games | Xbox Game Studios
Best Narrative: Detroit: Become Human – Quantic Dream | Sony Interactive Entertainment
Best Games Design: Cultist Simulator – Weather Factory
Best Audio, sponsored by Dolby: Tetris Effect – Monstars & Resonair | Enhance
Best Original IP: Two Point Hospital – Two Point Studios | Sega
Best Innovation, sponsored by Amiqus: Cultist Simulator – Weather Factory
Diversity Star: Kish Hirani – BAME in Games
Best Supplier: Amazon Game Tech
Recruitment Star: Amiqus
Best Use of an Engine: Forza Horizon 4 – Playground Games | Xbox Game Studios
Publishing Star, sponsored by GamesIndustry.biz: Curve Digital
Best Mobile Game: Old School RuneScape Mobile – Jagex
Game of the Year: Overcooked! 2 – Ghost Town Games | Team17
Best Micro Studio, sponsored by Hi-Rez Studios: Weather Factory
Best Studio: Sumo Digital
The Develop Star Award: Sean Murray | Hello Games