Sony Takes Top Prize At Develop Awards

European development awards get record turnout

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Sony Computer Entertainment Europe took the Grand Prix award at the Europe-focused Develop Awards down in Brighton last night. The company received the accolade for delivering the PS3, which ?has inspired developers around the world to make cutting-edge next generation games and continue its tradition supporting great ideas devised by both its internal studios and external partners?.

A couple of Sony platform exclusives were also honoured, with Evolution Studios' MotorStorm (PS3) and Zoe Mode's Crush (PSP) voted best new intellectual property.

Traveller's Tales picked up awards for best independent developer and best use of a license for the excellent Lego Star Wars II, while Realtime Worlds got the innovation award for Crackdown.

Other winners included SEGA, which was named the industry's publishing hero, Eden Studios for best use of online with Test Drive Unlimited, Rare - which grabbed the award for best visual arts ? and Ubisoft France, which bagged the award for best in-house developer.

Ian Hetherington, who co-founded '80s publishing giant Psygnosis, has been managing director for SCEE and is now chairman of Evolution Studios and Realtime Worlds, was crowned Development
Legend.

NCSoft's Richard Garriott, creator of the Ultima series, was also celebrated as the Guest of Honour. You can read SPOnG's recent interview with Garriott here.

The awards took place as part of the Develop Conference and were attended by a record-breaking 500 industry executives. This marks their fifth year celebrating the European development scene.

Cast your eyes downwards to see the list of winners in full.

New Console IP
MotorStorm (Evolution/SCEE External Development)

New Handheld IP
Crush (Zoe Mode)

Best Use of a Licence
Lego Star Wars II (Traveller's Tales)

Visual Arts
Rare (Viva Pinata)

Audio Accomplishment
FreeStyle (B-Boy)

Publishing Hero
Sega

Innovation
Real Time Worlds (Crackdown)

Tools Provider
Havok

Best Use of Online
Eden Studios (Test Drive Unlimited)

Services & Outsourcing
Babel Media

Recruitment Company
Datascope
[b]
New UK Studio[/b]
Realtime Worlds
[b]
Handheld Studio[/b]
Rockstar Leeds

Business Development
Blitz

Independent Developer
Traveller's Tales

In-house Developer
Ubisoft France

Development Legend
Ian Hetherington
[b]
Grand Prix[/b]
Sony

Comments

ozfunghi 26 Jul 2007 12:04
1/7
Riiiiight...

how credible... a long list of awards, none for Nintendo. Sure. Best In-House developer and Best Handheld studio should be Nintendo, hands down.
tyrion 26 Jul 2007 12:42
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ozfunghi wrote:
how credible... a long list of awards, none for Nintendo. Sure. Best In-House developer and Best Handheld studio should be Nintendo, hands down.

How credible? Do you know how these awards are organised? Develop is the trade magazine of the UK games development industry. The UK games development industry members vote on these awards. The awards are the collected opinion of the UK games development industry.

You can disagree with them all you like, but they are much more credible than any number of sites' "Top 10 Games of All Time" features that are, let's face it, only designed to inflame the fanboys and get hits to their sites to boost ad revenue.

They are certainly more credible than you, me or anybody else here expressing our own opinions on this forum.
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Zippy1979 26 Jul 2007 13:11
3/7
Services & Outsourcing
Babel Media

Recruitment Company
Datascope


What a load of crap. What about best filing? Best legal services? Best waste removal?

No one gives a flying turd about those categories, we all know why they are there. It just detracts from real development and places some focus where it isn't needed :-(
tyrion 26 Jul 2007 15:17
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Zippy1979 wrote:
No one gives a flying turd about those categories, we all know why they are there. It just detracts from real development and places some focus where it isn't needed :-(

No, you don't give a flying turd, I'm not that bothered, but the people who voted for these people do give a flying turd. Remember, this isn't an awards ceremony aimed at the public, this is the UK games developer industry recognising companies and people that work in their own industry. And, yes, that includes outsourcing and recruitment.
Hypnotoad 27 Jul 2007 00:24
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tyrion wrote:
ozfunghi wrote:
how credible... a long list of awards, none for Nintendo. Sure. Best In-House developer and Best Handheld studio should be Nintendo, hands down.

How credible? Do you know how these awards are organised? Develop is the trade magazine of the UK games development industry. The UK games development industry members vote on these awards. The awards are the collected opinion of the UK games development industry.

You can disagree with them all you like, but they are much more credible than any number of sites' "Top 10 Games of All Time" features that are, let's face it, only designed to inflame the fanboys and get hits to their sites to boost ad revenue.

They are certainly more credible than you, me or anybody else here expressing our own opinions on this forum.

Holey s**t! SPOnG, I've had you all wrong - I never expected this level of insight...I actually had you pegged for one of those exact sites praying on the nbots and spontaneous babbles of random news comments. I could not agree with you more on this one and concur that everyone in that list is deserved of some mucho praise. Classy post Tyrion. I feel it's only fair to warn you that I'm a little turned on right now.
PreciousRoi 27 Jul 2007 03:22
6/7
well said.


tyrion 27 Jul 2007 08:17
7/7
Hypnotoad wrote:
Holey s**t! SPOnG, I've had you all wrong - I never expected this level of insight...I actually had you pegged for one of those exact sites praying on the nbots and spontaneous babbles of random news comments.

It's not that we don't like the attention that we get from various pieces of news or articles that we have run, far from it. When the DMC4 interview we did recently was picked up by N4G and sat in the top three section for most of a day we were very happy.

However, the guys that actually put the editorial together here are dyed in the wool journalists, going back to the C64 and Amiga eras in actual writing experience. So they know how to gather interest without relying on sensationalism and provoking flamewars just for hits.

Me? I just comment on the forums and write the occasional review.

Hypnotoad wrote:
I feel it's only fair to warn you that I'm a little turned on right now.

Should I be worried? Are you going to stalk me? Oh, I hope you don't get one of those serial killer shrines filled with photographs of me! I don't think they end well for either person. :-)
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