Train2Game News 2014 Develop Award Winners

Develop Awards 2014Games development stars from around the UK and Europe descended upon Brighton tonight to honour the winners of this year’s Develop Industry Excellence Awards.

More than 175 companies attended the event – the biggest attendance yet for these awards. The expanded array of 25 prizes went to 20 different companies, with Rockstar North the big winners of the night.

The Grand Theft Auto developer took home the special Studio of the Year prize – one of five new categories – as well as Visual Arts and In-House Studio. There was an extra gong for the seminal GTA V, with Faceware Technologies bagging the award for Creative Contribution: Visuals thanks to its work on Rockstar’s epic.

The full list of winners can be seen below.

Sony also fared well, with the platform holder and its studios picking up two awards – Publishing Hero and New IP (for Media Molecule’s Tearaway) – as well as the Development Legend award for PS4 lead architect Mark Cerny, as announced earlier in the summer.

There were also a few surprises on the night, most notably the special Services to Video Games prize, which was awarded to Lynne Kilpatrick for her hard work in pushing for the UK video games tax credits.

Other winners included Oculus VR, EA DICE, TT Games, Unity, Team17, Vlambeer, Space Ape Games and Abertay University’s Dare to be Digital.

DEVELOP AWARDS 2014: THE WINNERS

NEW GAMES IP

Tearaway – Media Molecule

USE OF A LICENCE OR IP

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes – TT Games

VISUAL ARTS

Grand Theft Auto V – Rockstar North

AUDIO ACCOMPLISHMENT

Battlefield 4 – EA DICE

MUSICAL COMPOSITION

‘Noise Pulse’ (from TxK) – Jamie Hamshere

USE OF NARRATIVE

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons – Starbreeze Studios

PUBLISHING HERO

SCE Strategic Content

TECHNICAL INNOVATION

Oculus Rift DK2 – Oculus VR

TOOLS – DESIGN & CREATIVITY

Maya LT – Autodesk

TOOLS – PRODUCTION

Perforce – Perforce Software

ENGINE

Unity Engine – Unity Technologies

SERVICE

Player Research

QA & LOCALISATION

Testology

CREATIVE CONTRIBUTION: AUDIO

Stafford Bawler – Monument Valley

CREATIVE CONTRIBUTION: VISUALS

Faceware Technologies – Grand Theft Auto V

RECRUITER

OPM Response

TALENT INVESTMENT

Dare To Be Digital – Abertay University

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Team17

MICRO STUDIO

Vlambeer

INDEPENDENT STUDIO

Bohemia Interactive

IN-HOUSE STUDIO

Rockstar North

NEW STUDIO

Space Ape Games

SPECIAL AWARDS
STUDIO OF THE YEAR

Rockstar North

DEVELOPMENT LEGEND

Mark Cerny

SERVICES TO VIDEO GAMES

Lynne Kilpatrick

Train2Game News: David Perry to be named Development Legend at Develop Awards

Train2Game students will see David Perry honoured for his achievements in the games industry with the title of Development Legend at this year’s Develop Industry Excellent Awards.

Perry has almost three decades of experience in the industry, working on over 100 games across 29 different platforms. Among them are titles including Earthworm Jim, The Terminator, Messiah and The Darkness.   More recently, Perry has headed up cloud gaming service Gaikai as CEO, and he’s one of the longest serving members of the Game Developer’s Conference Advisory Board.

“A truly progressive games developer who started coding games as a kid in the UK, David’s career has touched every topic and theme of the business that matters: coding, design, publishing, distribution, licensing, creating original content, working with brands, free-to-play, online gaming, writing, cloud gaming and supporting students,” said Develop and MCV editor-in-chief Michael French.

“Over the last 30 years he’s had multiple number one hits in his career, and the games and services he has devised or worked on have set the bar for many that followed. We look forward to welcoming him on stage this July to collect his much-deserved honour.” he added.

David Perry said he was grateful for the accolade.

“I’m incredibly flattered by this award. I’m from Great Britain and have incredible respect for the people that have been recognised in previous years. My mother is going to be blown away; she thought she was buying me that first Sinclair ZX81 to do homework on.”

Previous winners of the Development Legend Award include Ian Livingstone, Peter Molyneux, David Braben, Charles Cecil, and Phil Harrison.  The Develop Industry Excellence Awards take place in Brighton during Develop Conference week on Wednesday 11th July.

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