The Develop:Star Awards will take place on July 10th, at the Hilton Brighton Metropole, Brighton, during Develop:Brighton 2019.
The Develop:Star Awards – which take place alongside the Develop conference – will "recognise the very best of the game development community". The achievements of developers and success of their games will be celebrated across 15 categories, plus one ultimate Develop Star, which is given to an "extraordinary game developer" for outstanding achievement and contribution to the industry.
The qualifying period for entries is from April 1st, 2018 – March 31st, 2019. Only games released during this period are eligible for nominations and "any supporting evidence or testimony included in the nomination must fall within the same timeframe". Nominations close on Friday, March 29th, 2019, and finalists – selected by an "expert" industry panel – will be announced in early May, after which voting will open to the development community, "ensuring the winners are chosen by developers themselves".
The fifteen categories are: Best Visual Art, Best Narrative, Best Game Design, Best Audio, Best Original IP, Best Innovation, Diversity Star, Best Supplier, Recruitment Star, Best Use of a Game Engine, Publishing Star, Best Mobile Game, Game of the Year, Best Micro Studio, and Best Studio.
"The Develop:Stars will bring together members of the game development community to celebrate incredible individuals, the teams they’re a part of and the very best of the stellar work produced over the past year," said Andy Lane, managing director of Tandem Events. "It’s important to recognise the achievements of hard-working game devs and celebrate the successes of our vibrant and exciting industry. We’re going to make sure the night will be one to remember for all involved."
For more information – or to submit your nominate – head to developstarawards.awardstage.com.