Tandem Events has today announced the shortlist for the Develop:Star Awards 2020. The virtual ceremony will take place at 5pm GMT on Wednesday 4 November as part of Develop:Brighton Digital 2020.
A closed industry vote opens today and will last one week, closing on Wednesday 14 October. Develop:Brighton attendees from over the past four years have been invited to take part.
The winners will be announced during the Develop:Star Awards ceremony, which will be broadcast for free as part of the Develop:Brighton Digital conference, running 2-4 November, and through Develop’s YouTube channel.
The finalists were selected by a panel of judges comprised of industry experts and developers, who reviewed hundreds of submissions across the 16 categories.
In addition to these categories, the Develop:Star Award will also be presented to Bethesda Game Studio’s Todd Howard in recognition of his incredible career. Todd Howard will be delivering a keynote session during Develop:Brighton Digital on Monday 2 November.
“This year has been a difficult one for everyone, but through it the talent and dedication of the games development community has shone through. It’s only right that we celebrate their achievements,” said Andy Lane, managing director of Tandem Events.
“I’d like to thank our judges for committing their time to the selection process. The quality of our finalists this year is truly impressive, a testament to the industry’s hard work and limitless abilities. There will be winners, but certainly no losers.”
The nominees for the Develop:Star Awards 2020 are:
Best Visual Art
Best Game Design
Best Original IP
Best QA & Localistation Provider
Best Creative Provider
Best Technology Provider
Best Mobile Game
Game of the Year
Best Micro Studio
Media Molecule have secured the most nominations, with eight in total including Game of the Year and Best Game Design for Dreams. Remedy Entertainment and 505 Games’ Control is a finalist in five categories, the same number as ZA/UM for Disco Elysium. ustwo games have secured four nominations for Apple Arcade exclusive Assemble With Care.
The Develop:Star Awards 2020 will be broadcast for free. Anyone wishing to watch the ceremony can register in advance to be sent all the details: https://developstars2020.eventbrite.co.uk
Develop:Brighton Digital is a three-day conference and expo running 2-4 November which will be free for all industry professionals and students. Further details about the conference will be announced very soon.
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About The Develop:Star Awards
Taking place alongside the conference, the new Develop:Star Awards will recognise the very best of the game development community. The achievements of developers and success of great games and creativity will be celebrated across 15 categories, including one ultimate ‘Develop Star’. This award will honour an extraordinary game developer for outstanding achievement and contribution to the industry.
About Develop:Brighton conference & expo
The Develop:Brighton conference is where the European developer community comes together to learn from each other and share experiences, be inspired by world renowned experts and gurus, get up-to-date with the latest development tools and techniques, make new contacts and catch up with old ones.
With a programme that is shaped by some of the industry's key figures, the conference touches all levels of the development community from the largest studios to the smallest indies; from development directors to programmers.
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