Develop:Star Awards 2023 Entries Now Open

30 January 2023

Winners will be announced on Wednesday 12 July during Develop:Brighton 2023

Entries for this year’s Develop:Star Awards are now open. Hosted at the Hilton Brighton Metropole during Develop:Brighton 2023, the awards will take place on Wednesday 12 July.

Entries can be submitted across 19 categories until midnight on Friday 31 March. Further details on the submissions process are available HERE.

This year’s Develop:Star Awards will see the introduction of a new award: Talent Development Star. This will recognise 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.

In addition, the former Best Micro Studio award will become the Best Small Studio award - expanding the eligibility to include teams of up to ten full-time staff.

The qualifying period for submissions is from 1 June 2022 to 31 March 2023.

Further details are below for each of the 19 award categories now open for nominations:

  • Best Visual Art
    Recognising a game which demonstrates exceptional achievement in visual art and/or animation, across any genre.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Best Audio
    Rewarding a game that demonstrates distinction in the use of sound or music to improve player experience.
  • Best Original IP
    This award will recognise the creation of the best new intellectual property.
  • 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.
  • Diversity Star
    This award celebrates an individual who has shown a commitment to promoting diversity and inclusivity within the games industry.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Best Technology Provider
    For this award we’ll be rewarding the organisation that has provided outstanding hardware and/or technological support for UK game developers. This could include third party engines, motion capture tools, dev kits or microprocessors.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Best Mobile Game
    This award will be given to the game that offers the best overall player experience on a mobile phone or tablet.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Best Studio
    This award celebrates any studio with five or more employees who’ve achieved exceptional critical and commercial success during the qualifying period.

The Develop:Star Awards 2022 saw PlayStation exclusive Horizon Forbidden West pick up Best Game and Best Visual Art, while TT Games’ LEGO Star Wars Battles won Best Mobile Game. Sumo Digital was crowned Best Studio, while Death’s Door developer Acid Nerve won Best Micro Studio.

In addition to the 19 categories, the Develop:Star Award will once again honour outstanding achievements and contributions to the industry. Previous winners included Bethesda Game Studios’ Todd Howard, Team17’s founder and CEO Debbie Bestwick MBE, and Arkane Lyon Studio & Co-Creative Director Dinga Bakaba in 2022.

This year’s Develop:Star Award recipient will be announced soon.

Submitted entries will be judged by a panel of industry experts, who will whittle them down into the final shortlists. These will be announced in the Spring ahead of a closed industry vote to determine the winners in each category.

For more information on The Develop:Star Awards and how to submit nominations CLICK HERE

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