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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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Matt Martin joined GamesIndustry in 2006 and was made editor of the site in 2008. With over ten years experience in journalism, he has written for multiple trade, consumer, contract and business-to-business publications in the games, retail and technology sectors.