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All this year's entries were evaluated by panels of games industry professionals appointed by the Develop: Star Awards team. The judging panel for each awards category reviewed those entries and selected a shortlist of finalists for that award.

So, listed below we now have a shortlist of finalists in each of the 22 categories ready for your deciding vote!

All you have to do is decide on your favourite finalists then click on the Vote Now button below and select your winners on the voting form – it’s one selection per category and one vote per person.

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Best Visual Art

Recognising a game which demonstrates exceptional achievement in visual art and/or animation – across all genres and platforms.

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  • Horizon Call of the Mountain – Guerrilla Games | Sony Interactive Entertainment
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  • Company B
  • Company C
  • Company D
  • Company E
Best Narrative

Rewarding a team who have far exceeded expectation in their storytelling to create an outstanding player experience, through innovative or ground-breaking writing – across all genres and platforms.

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Best Game Design

This award recognises a team responsible for exceptional and creative game design via the use of controls, level design, pacing and mechanics – across all genres and platforms.

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Best Audio

Rewarding a game that demonstrates distinction in the use of sound or music to improve player experience – across all genres and platforms.

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Best Original IP

This award will recognise the creation of the best new intellectual property – across all genres and platforms.

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Best Technical Innovation

The award which recognises technological innovation in the video game space. This could be a pioneering gameplay experience, a breakthrough new development technique, inventive hardware or anything showing true innovation across all genres and platforms.

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Diversity Star

This award celebrates an individual who has shown a commitment to promoting diversity and inclusivity within the games industry.

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Marketing Star

Recognising a UK-based individual, in-house team or external agency that has shown outstanding achievement in promoting a game – including marketing, PR, influencer relations and community development.

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Best QA and Localisation Provider


Recognising the organisation that has provided the highest quality of service and contributed the most to usability, testing and localisation within the game developer community.

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Best Creative Provider

This award recognises the organisation that has provided exceptional audio assets (voice acting, music or sound effects) or visual assets (porting or creating sections of the game) for the game developer community.

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Supporting Star

This award champions those companies that work with developers to share their understanding of the sector and have provided exceptional support to enable them to thrive and prosper.

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Talent Development Star

Recognising an in-house team that has shown outstanding policies and initiatives, and produced impressive results in successfully recruiting, retaining and developing talent within their team.

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Recruitment Star

Recognising an external organisation that has shown outstanding policies and initiatives, and produced impressive results in successfully recruiting new team members for development studios.

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Best Mobile Game

This award will be given to the game that offers the best overall player experience on a mobile phone or tablet.

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Sustainability Star


Recognising an individual, team or company that has put in place significant changes to the way their studio or company works to reduce impact and be more sustainable.

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Tomorrow’s Star

The Tomorrow's Star award will recognise the achievements of new talent in the games industry. Nominees should be below senior management or director level.

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Best Creative Lead

Recognising the achievements of an outstanding individual working as a Creative Director or equivalent creative leadership position within a game development team.

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Publishing Star

Recognising an organisation that has shown outstanding support helping developers get their game published. This can include via funding, discoverability, research or anything else that helped secure a successful route to market for new games.

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Best Game

Rewarding the game that stands out above all others in terms of gameplay, storytelling, art style, character development, creativity and overall player experience – across all genres and platforms.

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Best Small Studio

This award will go to a studio with ten or fewer employees who’ve achieved exceptional critical and commercial success during the qualifying period.

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Best Studio

This award celebrates any studio with five or more employees who’ve achieved exceptional critical and commercial success during the qualifying period.

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