Celebrating the best of European development, the Develop Awards took place in front of a sell-out crowd of over 500 involved with the games industry last night at the Hilton Metropole in Brighton. Now, in its eighth year, the Develop Awards are the only awards show solely focused on European development.
Amongst the awards rolled out (voted for by a panel of industry experts) included awards for Quantic Dream (above)- taking home Best Independent Studio and Best New IP for Heavy Rain, whilst Rocksteady Studios who created the excellent Batman: Arkham Aslyum received an award in recognition of Best use of a Licence or IP. They’ll look to continue their triumph with the now-in-development follow-up Arkham Asylum 2. Other awards were presented to Helsinki-based developer Rovio for their iPhone game Angry Birds and UK developer Hello Games, triumphing in Best New Studio and Micro Studio (pictured below).
Meanwhile, Unity Technologies received the Grand Prix and Technical Innovation awards for their work on the Unity game engine, continuing to evolve the development landscape. Andrew and Paul Gower- founders of studio Jagex- were also greeted with the Development Legends recognition in acknowledgement of their 15 years working within the industry.
Michael French, editor of Develop, expresses “the 2010 list of nominees was incredibly strong, making the accomplishments of these companies and individuals even more impressive. We’d like to offer our congratulation to all the winners and the other finalists”.
The awards show is emphasis on how important Europe stands within the ever-evolving industry with some of the best titles of last year coming from all over the continent. We look ahead to another year of innovation and excellence, no doubt we’ll see prestigious titles featured at next year’s ceremony. Congratulations to all winners and nominees from all of us Midlife Gamer.