Games development stars from around the UK and Europe descended upon Brighton tonight to honour the winners of this year’s Develop Industry Excellence Awards.
More than 175 companies attended the event – the biggest attendance yet for these awards.The expanded array of 25 prizes went to 20 different companies, with Rockstar North the big winners of the night.
The Grand Theft Auto developer took home the special Studio of the Year prize – one of five new categories – as well as Visual Arts and In-House Studio. There was an extra gong for the seminal GTA V, with Faceware Technologies bagging the award for Creative Contribution: Visuals thanks to its work on Rockstar’s epic.
The full list of winners can be seen below.
Sony also fared well, with the platform holder and its studios picking up two awards – Publishing Hero and New IP (for Media Molecule’s Tearaway) – as well as the Development Legend award for PS4 lead architect Mark Cerny, as announced earlier in the summer.
There were also a few surprises on the night, most notably the special Services to Video Games prize, which was awarded to Lynne Kilpatrick for her hard work in pushing for the UK video games tax credits.
Other winners included Oculus VR, EA DICE, TT Games, Unity, Team17, Vlambeer, Space Ape Games and Abertay University’s Dare to be Digital.
DEVELOP AWARDS 2014: THE WINNERS
NEW GAMES IP
Tearaway – Media Molecule
USE OF A LICENCE OR IP
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes – TT Games
Grand Theft Auto V – Rockstar North
Battlefield 4 – EA DICE
‘Noise Pulse’ (from TxK) – Jamie Hamshere
USE OF NARRATIVE
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons – Starbreeze Studios
SCE Strategic Content
Oculus Rift DK2 – Oculus VR
TOOLS – DESIGN & CREATIVITY
Maya LT – Autodesk
TOOLS – PRODUCTION
Perforce – Perforce Software
Unity Engine – Unity Technologies
QA & LOCALISATION
CREATIVE CONTRIBUTION: AUDIO
Stafford Bawler – Monument Valley
CREATIVE CONTRIBUTION: VISUALS
Faceware Technologies – Grand Theft Auto V
Dare To Be Digital – Abertay University
Space Ape Games
STUDIO OF THE YEAR
SERVICES TO VIDEO GAMES
A big thanks to our event partners: Crytek and Deep Silver (Platinum Partners); Perforce, Unity, Amiqus, Ukie, Keywords, Codemasters, King and Cubic Motion (Gold Partners); Unreal Technologies (Drinks Reception Partner); Wales Interactive, InnoGames, Universally Speaking and Tandem Events (Event Partners); and OPM Recruitment (Table Gift Partner).