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Mojang, Rovio take Develop awards

By Matt Martin

Thu 21 Jul 2011 8:07am GMT / 4:07am EDT / 1:07am PDT

Playdead, Ninja Theory and Valve also recognised at Develop Conference in Brighton

Minecraft creator Mojang and Angry Birds firm Rovio were the big winners of the Develop Industry Excellence Awards, handed out at the Develop Conference in Brighton yesterday.

Mojang took New Download IP, New Studio and Micro Studio gongs, while Rovio bagged Handheld Studio and the Grand Prix award.

Limbo creator Playdead won Visual Arts, the year's Publishing Hero was Valve and Ninja Theory's Enslaved was awarded New IP.

The full list follows:

  • New IP: Enslaved (Ninja Theory)
  • New Download IP: Minecraft (Mojang Specifications)
  • Use Of A License Or IP: F1 2010 (Codemasters)
  • Visual Arts: Limbo (Playdead)
  • Audio Accomplishment: Papa Sangre (Somethin’ Else)
  • Publishing Hero: Valve
  • Technical Innovation: Kinect (Microsoft)
  • Audio Outsourcer: Side UK
  • Visual Outsourcer: Axis Animation
  • Services: Audiomotion
  • Recruitment: Specialmove
  • Tools Provider: Autodesk
  • Engine: Unreal Engine 3 (Epic)
  • New Studio: Mojang Specifications
  • Micro Studio: Mojang Specifications
  • Handheld Studio: Rovio Mobile
  • Business Development: Mind Candy
  • In-House Studio: Media Molecule
  • Independent Studio: Crytek
  • Development Legend: Ian Livingstone
  • Grand Prix: Rovio Mobile

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Terence Gage Freelance writer

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Nice awards; I can't really argue with any of those, and it's encouraging to see Enslaved getting some recognition as a solid new IP.

I just started playing Limbo last night actually, and so far it's wonderful - if it can maintain the first hour's tone and pace throughout the game I can see this being one of my favourite downloadable games in a long time.

Posted:5 years ago


Bostjan Troha CEO, Zootfly

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Sorry, but Rovio Mobile? Why?

Posted:5 years ago

To echo, Why Rovio Mobile?

(surely there are far more worthy candidates. far far more)

Posted:5 years ago


Shane Sweeney Academic

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Clearly Rovio is the underdog and under exposed.

Posted:5 years ago


Ciaran Daly Environment Artist

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Underdog? Rovio I think not, there are far more deserving studios in the mix today, but the bigbdogs are moving in fast, EA, Gameloft, PopCap

Posted:5 years ago


Keith Andrew Freelance Journalist, Keith Andrew Media

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Not sure why anyone would have a problem with Rovio winning big. Let's not forget, Angry Birds is actually pretty damn good, despite negative publicity of late.

Posted:5 years ago

Angry birds was good - but seriously, I'd love to see more diversity instead of the risk of falling into teh one hit wonder category. So if it was 2010 or 2009, then yes, Anngry bird deserves all teh accolades it gets. In 2011..hmmm, there are far far more worthy candidates

Posted:5 years ago


Terence Gage Freelance writer

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I agree with your point Chee, although to be totally fair, wasn't Minecraft first released in 2009 as well?

However, I do think there are perhaps more deserving studios out there (maybe Rovio should win an award for outstanding handheld marketing, or something?), and as ever with these ceremonies it would be nice to see the smaller studios getting some recognition.

Posted:5 years ago

Well lets have a look at Develop 2012. With so many great UK, US and European startups, there is alot of new potential. Unless of course an apocalypse, world crisis, disintegration of the concept of currency, new world order (united states of everything) or an alien invasion doesnt get to us first.

Posted:5 years ago


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