Develop Awards Finalists – SI, CA, Sumo, Jacques Get Nods

The year is flying by, so much so that we’re already thinking about E3, Summer Of Sonic and an event that happens every year – Develop. The annual industry awards which are held as part of a conference traditionally held in Brighton in July are hotly contested affairs which specifically acknowledge some of the the more creative aspects.

Speaking of tradition, SEGA themselves traditionally don’t do so well at this event, however their associates often do.  So we’re pleased to relay that some of our favourites have got nominations which were revealed earlier via MCV.

Richard Jacques, who is picking up award nominations hand over fist recently for his James Bond 007: Blood Stone score, including an Ivor Novello nomination gets another nod here for best Audio Outsourcer.

Football Manager developer Sports Interactive, a favourite of ours at SW.Com get a finalist berth for best In-House Studio.

Total War developer Creative Assembly get a much deserved nomination in the Visual Arts Category for Total War: Shogun 2.

Whilst Sumo Digital, still very popular in the community after All-Stars Racing get a place in the Best Independant Studio category. Obviously not for their SEGA work over the last year (i.e. none) but congrats to S0L and the crew.

The full nominations list is below:

CREATIVITY

NEW IP
Enslaved (Ninja Theory)
Brink (Splash Damage)
Bulletstorm (People Can Fly)
Kinect Sports (Rare)
Kinectimals (Frontier)
Bulletstorm (People Can Fly)

NEW DOWNLOAD IP
Amnesia: The Dark Descent (Frictional Games)
Dead Nation (Housemarque)
Hydroventure (Curve Studios)
Limbo (Playdead)
Minecraft (Mojang Specifications)
Tiny Wings (Andreas Illiger)

USE OF A LICENCE OR IP
Angry Birds Rio (Rovio Mobile)
F1 2010 (Codemasters Birmingham)
FIFA Superstars (Playfish)
GoldenEye 007 (Eurocom)
Jenga (NaturalMotion Games)
Michael Jackson: The Experience (Ubisoft Paris)
Mr Men / Little Miss (Digital Goldfish)
Need For Speed Hot Pursuit (Criterion)

VISUAL ARTS
Bulletstorm (People Can Fly)
Crysis 2 (Crytek)
Enslaved (Ninja Theory)
Killzone 3 (Guerrilla Games)
Limbo (Playdead)
MotorStorm Apocalypse (Evolution Studios)
Shogun 2: Total War (The Creative Assembly)

AUDIO ACCOMPLISHMENT
Enslaved (Ninja Theory)
Crysis 2 (Crytek)
DJ Hero 2 (FreeStyleGames)
Fable III (Lionhead)
Kinect Sports (Rare)
Limbo (Playdead)
Papa Sangre (Somethin’ Else)

PUBLISHING HERO
Channel 4
Electronic Arts
Lockwood Publishing
Microsoft
Namco Bandai
SCEE XDEV
Valve

TECHNOLOGY & SERVICES

TECHNICAL INNOVATION
Havok Mobile (Havok)
Kinect (Microsoft Research Cambridge)
Kinect Sports (Rare)
Path of Go AI (Microsoft Research Cambridge)
PlayStation Move (SCEE Vision R&D/User Testing Team/Creative Development Group)
Razor for NGP (SN Systems/SCE R&D)
Unreal Engine (Epic Games)

VISUAL OUTSOURCER
Atomhawk Design
Axis Animation
Cubic Motion
Fireproof Studios
RealtimeUK
Slide
Spov

AUDIO OUTSOURCER
Air Edel
High Score
Media Mill
Nimrod Productions
Richard Jacques
Side UK

SERVICES
Audiomotion
Babel Media
SQS India
Testology
Testronic Labs
Universally Speaking
U-Trax

RECRUITMENT
Amiqus
Aardvark Swift
Avatar Games
Datascope
MPG Universal
OPM Recruitment
Specialmove

TOOLS PROVIDER
Autodesk
Donya Labs
Epic Games
Hansoft
Havok
NaturalMotion
UnityEpic Games

ENGINE
BlitzTech (Blitz Games Studios)
CryEngine 3 (Crytek)
Shiva3D (Stonetrip)
Unity (Unity Technologies)
Unreal Engine 3 (Epic Games)
Vision Game Engine (Trinigy)

STUDIOS

NEW STUDIO
Future Games of London
Mobile Pie
Mojang Specifications
Playdead
Rodeo Games
Ruffian Games
Supermassive Games

MICRO STUDIO
Andreas Illiger
Frictional Games
Mobile Pie
Mojang Specifications
Revolution Software
Rodeo Games
That Game Studio

HANDHELD STUDIO
Erik Svedäng
Exient
Ideaworks Game Studio
NaturalMotion Games
Rovio Mobile
Sports Interactive

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Bigpoint
Blitz Games Studios
Curve Studios
Eutechnyx
Lightning Fish
Mind Candy
nDreams

IN-HOUSE STUDIO
Codemasters Studios
Criterion Games
Media Molecule
PopCap Dublin
Sports Interactive
Traveller’s Tales
Ubisoft France

INDEPENDENT STUDIO
Crytek
Mind Candy
Mojang Specifications
Playdead
Rovio Mobile
Splash Damage
Sumo Digital

SPECIAL RECOGNITION
Winners of the Development Legend and Grand Prix prizes will be announced on the night of the awards.

Kevin Eva

Author: Kevin Eva

Gamer, scholar, gentleman & fountain of useless trivia, LMC's boss-man extraordinaire is also a super-awesome Community Manager who has worked on projects for SEGA, Square Enix, Konami, Capcom and more. Once co-created and hosted an international fan-convention because he can do that sort of thing.

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