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
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 IPMotorStorm
(Evolution/SCEE External Development)New Handheld IPCrush
(Zoe Mode)Best Use of a LicenceLego Star Wars II
(Traveller's Tales)Visual Arts
Rare (Viva Pinata
Real Time Worlds (Crackdown
HavokBest Use of Online
Eden Studios (Test Drive Unlimited
)Services & Outsourcing
Babel MediaRecruitment Company
New UK Studio[/b]
Rockstar LeedsBusiness Development
Traveller's TalesIn-house Developer
Ubisoft FranceDevelopment Legend