Games industry pioneers of all shapes and sizes won Develop Awards last night.
A gala ceremony in Brighton was attended by over 550 people from 150 companies, where they saw the likes of Moshi Monsters, Dear Esther and World of Tanks handed highly-coveted awards.
Now in its tenth year, the Develop Industry Excellence Awards recognise creative, commercial and technical smarts. Taking place at the Hilton Metropole Hotel, Brighton, last night’s event was the most attended night in the Develop Awards’ decade rewarding developers for their hard work.
Moshi Monsters creator Mind Candy took home the top prize, the Grand Prix, which recognised a blistering period of growth for the children’s online game firm which has broken through as a true mainstream property in the last 18 months.
Seven key prizes went to new, nimble British companies: Mode 7 Games took home the New IP prize for Frozen Synapse, Facebook games pioneer Bossa was named best New Studio, while Thechineseroom (pictured) took two awards, winning Micro Studio and Use of Narrative for Dear Esther.
Other UK winners included in-game lighting tech Enlighten, apps powerhouse NaturalMotion Games, Rocksteady Studios, Cubic Motion and Amiqus.
But there were honours too for big, established games franchises including Rayman, Batman and Battlefield, and Total War creator The Creative Assembly.
As previously announced, games development visionary David Perry was awarded the Development Legend prize, honouring his forward-thinking when it comes to founding new businesses in the games industry.
Perry received a standing ovation for proud win – his parents had come along to the event to see him collect his prize.
A full list of winners can be found below.
More awards reports and videos will be posted on Develop Online throughout the day and the rest of the week.
THE WINNERS IN FULL
Frozen Synapse (Mode 7 Games)
USE OF A LICENCE
Batman: Arkham City (Rocksteady Studios)
USE OF NARRATIVE
Dear Esther (Thechineseroom)
Rayman Origins (Ubsioft Montpellier)
Battlefield 3 (EA Dice)
CATEGORY: TECHNOLOGY & SERVICES
USE OF ONLINE
World of Tanks (Wargaming.net)
VMC Game Labs
Unity 3.5 (Unity Technologies)
The Creative Assembly