Categories for 2009 confirmed as lobbying opens ahead of July 15th ceremony

Develop Awards return in July

The Develop Awards will this year take place on July 15th, returning to the Hilton Metropole Hotel in Brighton.

Now in their seventh year, the Develop Awards recognise the innovations and successes of studios in the UK and Europe.

Key winners last year came from all over the industry, including Rockstar North, Splash Damage, Nintendo, Frontier, Richard Jacques, Babel Media, NaturalMotion, Epic Games, Realtime Worlds, Image Metrics and Doublesix.

17 awards are up for grabs this year, from Best New IP and Best New Studio through to Visual Arts and Creative Outsourcing – and lobbying is now open to those who think they should be in the running.

A full list of awards is printed below, with a fuller breakdown explaining each award will be printed in the next issue of Develop, out next week.

To put the efforts of your company or another forward for a prize, email a short description of the studio/game/business and its achievements to Develop editor-in-chief

Lobbying is free and you have until May 13th to get your submissions in. At that point the Develop team will consider all suggestions before deciding on a shortlist, after which some 100 judges from across the games development sector will be invited to vote for the winners.

Those victorious will then find out on the night of July 15th if they have won at the Awards ceremony itself.

The categories and their prizes are:

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

Technical Innovation
Best Tools Provider
Creative Outsourcing
Recruitment Company

Best New Studio
Business Development
Best Handheld Games Studio
Best Independent Developer
Best In-house Developer

Development Legend
Grand Prix

And don’t forget to book your place at what will certainly be the biggest night on the calendar for UK and European games developers – contact for more info.

Also contact if you are interested in finding out more about the many sponsorship and promotional opportunities available at the event.

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