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Develop Awards: Lobbying begins

The Develop Industry Excellence Awards this year take place on Wednesday, July 30th – and today we’re officially opening the door for nominations lobbying.

Entering their sixth year, the awards are still the only completely peer-voted event rewarding the achievements of European games developers. The event takes place alongside the Develop conference and expo, which runs from July 29th to July 31st.

For 2008, we’ve added a brand new award recognising the achievements in the games development and education field, and also a Technical Innovation prize that acknowledges the market’s continued advancement in technological competency, be that in tools, design or online.

Elsewhere, the highly contested prizes for best independent developer, best in-house developer, best tools provider and publishing hero are once again up for grabs. After debuting last year, the Visual Arts and Audio Accomplishment awards also return. And then, of course, there’s the Grand Prix, which singles out the overall best achievement by a company working in Europe’s booming games development field.

Last year key winners included Realtime Worlds, Kuju’s Zoe Mode, Havok and Rockstar Leeds. Sony Computer Entertainment Europe took home the Grand Prix.

To lobby for a nomination (see full list of awards below), send us details of the achievements made by your studio or company in the past 12 months and which awards you want to be considered for. Mail the details through to The deadline for lobbying is May 15th and finalists will be announced in June.

(Please note: To be eligible, studios must be based in Europe, or at least have an office in the territory if a publisher/service/tools company. And when it comes to game releases listed in the Creativity category the eligibility period is June 1st, 2007 to May 31st 2008 – so your game has to have been released somewhere in the world between those dates.)

In 2007, over 500 games industry execs from around the world attended the event. If you’d like a ticket or table at the 2008 ceremony or are interested in our sponsorship opportunities, email or call her on +44 (0)1462 456780.


Best New IP
Best Use of a Licence
Visual Arts
Audio Accomplishment
Publishing Hero

Tools Provider
Technical Innovation
Services and Outsourcing
Recruitment Company
Games:Edu New Talent Award


Best New UK/European Studio
Business Development
Best Independent Developer
Best In-house Developer


Development Legend
Grand Prix

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