Mojang, Rovio take Develop awards

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 6 years ago
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.
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Bostjan Troha CEO, Zootfly6 years ago
Sorry, but Rovio Mobile? Why?
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To echo, Why Rovio Mobile?

(surely there are far more worthy candidates. far far more)
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Shane Sweeney Academic 6 years ago
Clearly Rovio is the underdog and under exposed.
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Ciaran Daly Environment Artist 6 years ago
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
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Keith Andrew Freelance Journalist, Keith Andrew Media6 years ago
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.
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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
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Terence Gage Freelance writer 6 years ago
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.
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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.
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