Guerrilla Games win Studio of the Year at the Develop Awards 2017

It was a great night at the Develop Awards 2017, and the Awards this year went to showcase a vast array of the UK games industry and beyond.

This year saw several new categories for the awards and it opened up many games and studios to be shortlisted – the biggest shortlist in the history of the awards and the most entries we’ve ever received.

Notable points are Guerrilla Games scooping Studio of the Year and the Animation Award for Horizon Zero Dawn. Creative Assembly is also multiple winners for Music Design and In House Studio. Rocksteady Studios are also celebrated with their excellent VR addition to the Batman Arkham series of games with Visual Design and Sound Design.

The Specialist categories too saw new winners with server provider Multiplay winning the Technology Award and Gamemaker Studio winning the Design and Creativity Award.

We’d also like to thank our sponsors including headline sponsor Unreal Engine/Epic Games and our Charity partner, WarChild. Aardvark Swift, OPM, Amiqus, Gamescom, MoGI Group, Games London, Perforce, Testronic, PTW, Dolby, Ukie, Unity, and our event partner Develop:Brighton also has our thanks for sponsoring the awards.

You can find the full list of winners below: 


New Games IP (Sponsored by Pole to Win)

Overcooked – Ghost Town Games

Animation (New for 2017 – Sponsored by Unity 3D)

Horizon Zero Dawn – Guerrilla Games

Visual Design (New for 2017)

Batman Arkham VR – Rocksteady Studios

Music Design (New for 2017)

Total War Warhammer – Creative Assembly

Sound Design (New for 2017 – Sponsored by Dolby)

Batman Arkham VR – Rocksteady Studios

Best Writing (New for 2017)

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Blood and Wine – CD Projekt Red

Best Performance (Sponsored by Ukie)

Larry Fessenden (Until Dawn: Rush of Blood) – Supermassive Games

Publishing Hero

Curve Digital 

Micro/Start Up Studio (Sponsored by Perforce)

Fiddlesticks Games

Independent Studio (Sponsored by Amiqus)

Playground Games

In-House Studio (Sponsored by Green Man Gaming

Creative Assembly

New Studio (Sponsored by Games London)

Playtonic Games


Creative Outsourcer: Visual & Development

Lost (Amazon Lumberyard) – Realtime UK

Design & Creativity Tool

Gamemaker Studio – YoYo Games

Tools Provider – Production (Sponsored by Testronic)

Popcorn FX – Persistent Studios


Epic Games – Unreal Engine


Audiomotion Studios

QA & Localisation

Universally Speaking


Aardvark Swift

Creative Outsourcer: Audio

Soundcuts Ltd – Sunless Sea (Failbetter Games)

Technology Provider



Outstanding Contribution to Education

Abertay University

Studio of the Year (Sponsored by Epic Games)

Guerrilla Games

Development Legends

Brenda and John Romero

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