Tandem Events has today announced that entries are now open for this year’s Develop:Star Awards. The awards will take place on Wednesday 27 October at the Hilton Brighton Metropole, during Develop:Brighton 2021.
Entries can be submitted by anyone across 17 categories through the dedicated Develop:Star Awards website. The deadline for submissions is 23:59 BST on Friday 2 July. Further details on the submissions process are available through the website.
“This year’s Develop:Star Awards will recognise and celebrate the achievements of our industry’s best and brightest after what has been a tough year for everyone,” said Tandem Events Managing Director Andy Lane.
“As we look forward, this year we’re proud to be introducing the Tomorrow’s Star award. This award will recognise an inspiring individual with a long and promising future in game development ahead of them. We’re looking for someone who inspires others and has the potential to become an industry leader.”
The 2020 Develop:Star Awards took place as part of Develop:Brighton Digital and saw Dreams from Media Molecule and Sony Interactive Entertainment take home the coveted Game of the Year prize, as well as Best Innovation and Best Game Design.
Remedy Entertainment and 505 Games were also big winners, taking home three awards for Control. These were Best Narrative, Best Original IP and Best Visual Art. Best Studio was awarded to Mediatonic, with Best Micro Studio awarded to inkle.
In addition to the 17 categories, the Develop Star Award will once again honour an extraordinary industry figure for their outstanding achievements and contribution to the industry. Hello Games’ Sean Murray was awarded the prize in 2019, with Bethesda Game Studios’ Todd Howard accepting the honour in 2020. This year’s recipient will be announced over the coming months.
The qualifying period for entries is from 1 June 2020 to 31 May 2021. Only games released during this period are eligible for nomination. Any supporting evidence for individual nominees must also fall within this timeframe.
The submitted entries will be judged by a panel of industry experts, who will whittle them down into the final shortlist. These will be announced over the summer ahead of an industry vote to determine the winners in each category.
Further details are below for each of the 17 award categories now open for nominations:
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.
For more information on The Develop:Star Awards and how to submit nominations, please visit: https://www.developconference.com/whats-on/develop-star-awards
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About The Develop:Star Awards
Taking place alongside the conference, the Develop:Star Awards recognise the very best of the game development community. The achievements of developers and success of great games and creativity will be celebrated across 17 categories including one ultimate ‘Develop Star’.
About Develop:Brighton conference & expo
Develop:Brighton 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 micro indies.
Develop:Brighton’s a great conference. It’s got a spread of people from all parts of the games industry talking about such a wide range of topics.
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Dr Mata Haggis-Burridge
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Develop is important – the networking is very important. And go to talks they’re inspiring and get your creative juices flowing, they can make you think and you’ll learn how other people do things.
Develop is a very important place – it’s one of the few developer focussed conferences we have in Europe and that makes it very valuable.
Develop is a really great way to network, it’s also great for going to talks and finding that little tip that you didn’t know before and thinking – oh I’ll bring that back to the team!
There’s something creative about Brighton, so it’s the perfect place to have the conference.
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