About the Develop:Star Awards

Bringing together the game dev community to celebrate the very best games and talent within the industry.

Taking place on the evening of Wednesday 15 July during the Develop:Brighton conference, the Develop:Star Awards will recognise the very best games and talent within the industry with categories that will enable studios of every size to shine.

These awards are all about the game dev community celebrating the creative excellence of the game devs behind the best games of the last 12 months.

View 2019 Winners

Stars Schedule

  • 2 March - online entry form opens
  • 3 April - entry deadline
  • 13 April – 8 May - judging for shortlist
  • 19 May - shortlist announced and online voting for the winners opens
  • 12 June - voting closes
  • 15 July - winners announced at the awards ceremony

How to Enter

How it works

  • The qualifying period for entries is from 1 April 2019 – 31 March 2020.  
  • Entry to the Develop:Star Awards is open to any companies working in the game dev industry with teams based in the UK, or Europe if they have a strong connection to the UK (e.g. a UK-based publisher or strong UK sales). 
  • You can enter yourself or your own organisation, or you can nominate a third party.
  • Entries must be submitted via our online entry form. Any entries submitted via any other medium will not be considered.
  • Once you’ve submitted your entry we cannot accept any updates.
  • When reviewing entries for the shortlist, judges will only use the information provided by you on the submission form within the deadline period.
  • To give yourself or whoever you are nominating the best possible chance, please follow our criteria instructions on the form carefully and provide your information exactly as requested – this will help provide the judges with entries of a consistent standard and make it a fairer judging process.
  • Entry for the Develop:Star Awards closes on Friday 3 April 2020.

Shortlist selection

  • All entries will be evaluated by panels of games industry professionals appointed by the Develop: Star Awards team. The judging panel for each awards category will review entries and select a shortlist of 5 finalists for that award.
  • The shortlisted entries will be announced on 19 May 2020.

Selection of the winners

  • The Develop:Star Awards are all about game devs recognising the achievements of other game devs. So winners will be independently selected by the game dev community – anyone who has attended Develop:Brighton in the last three years or had registered for this year’s event will be able to vote online for their favourite finalists.
  • Voting will take place between 19 May and 12 June 2020.
  • Winners will be announced at the Develop:Star Awards ceremony on the evening of 15 July 2020.

View the Develop:Star Awards terms and conditions here

ENTRY OPENS ON 2 MARCH

Award Categories

The awards are split into 18 different categories, focusing on the achievements of development teams and the success of great games over the previous 12 months. Within the 18 categories, one ultimate ‘Develop Star’ will be awarded to honour an extraordinary game developer for outstanding achievement and contribution to the industry.

Best Visual Art

Recognising a game which demonstrates exceptional achievement in visual art and/or animation, across any genre.

Entry Requirements:
Tell us why this game deserves the Best Visual Art award and what is extraordinary about the team’s work. Give examples from the nominated game and how the team’s work supported the overall goals of the game. What makes the visual art in this game stand out?

Judges will look for innovation, creativity and technical achievement.

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.

Entry Requirements:
Tell us why this game deserves the Best Narrative award and what is extraordinary about the team’s work. Give examples from the nominated game and how the team’s work supported the overall goals of the game. What makes this narrative stand out?

Judges will look for innovation, creativity and technical achievement in dialogue and narrative design.

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.

Entry Requirements:
Tell us why this game deserves the Best Game Design award and what is extraordinary about the team’s work. Give examples from the nominated game and how the team’s work supported the overall goals of the game. What makes this game design stand out?

Judges will look for innovation, creativity and technical achievement.

Best Audio

Rewarding a game that demonstrates distinction in the use of sound or music to improve player experience.

Entry Requirements:
Tell us why this game deserves the Best Audio award and what is extraordinary about it. Give examples from the nominated game and how the team’s work supported the overall goals of the game. What makes the audio in this game stand out?

Judges will look for innovation, creativity and technical achievement.

Best Original IP

This award will recognise the creation of the best new intellectual property.

Entry Requirements:
Tell us why your nominated game deserves the Best Original IP award and what is extraordinary about it. Give examples from the game, its inspirations and what the goals were. What makes this original IP stand out?

Judges will look for innovation, creativity and technical achievement.

Best Innovation

The award which recognises any game, studio or organisation that has created something ground-breaking within the games industry. This could be a technical advance, a pioneering gameplay experience or anything showing true innovation.

Entry Requirements:
Tell us why this team deserves the Best Innovation in Game Development award and what’s extraordinary about their work. Explain how they came up with the new idea, what makes it so ground-breaking and why it has been such a success. What makes this project and the achievements of the team stand out?

Judges will look for a real departure from anything that has gone before, plus evidence of critical and/or commercial success.

Diversity Star

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

Entry Requirements:
Tell us why this person deserves the Diversity award and what is extraordinary about what they’ve achieved. Give examples of how they’ve successfully promoted diversity and inclusion. What makes this person stand out? Include any supporting evidence and testimony within the qualifying period (1 May 2018 – 31 March 2019)

Judges will look for a trailblazer who has gone above and beyond to further the cause of diversity in our industry.

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.

Entry Requirements:
Tell us why your organisation deserves the Best QA and Localisation award. What is your core business and how has your product/service supported game developers? Please describe in depth one title that you’re especially proud of helping bring to market within the qualifying period (1 May 2019 – 31 March 2020) and why. You may provide up to three customer testimonials.

Judges will look for excellence in service levels, delivery on brief and resulting critical and/or commercial success for the client.

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.

Entry Requirements:
Tell us why your organisation deserves the Best Creative Provider award. What is your core business and how has your product/service supported game developers? Please describe in depth one title that you’re especially proud of helping bring to market within the qualifying period (1 May 2019 – 31 March 2020) and why. Please provide up to three customer testimonials.

Judges will look for innovation, creativity, excellence in service levels, delivery on brief and resulting critical and/or commercial success for the client.

 

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.

Entry Requirements:
Tell us why your organisation deserve the Best Technology Provider award. Please describe in depth one title that you’re especially proud of helping bring to market within the qualifying period (1 May 2019 – 31 March 2020) and why. Please provide up to three customer testimonials.

Judges will look for innovation, excellence in service levels, delivery on brief and resulting critical and/or commercial success for the client.

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.

Entry Requirements:
Tell us why this person deserves the Tomorrow's Star award and what is extraordinary about what they’ve achieved. What makes this person stand out? Include any supporting evidence and testimony within the qualifying period (1 May 2019 – 31 March 2020). Individuals are encouraged to nominate themselves as well.

Judges will look for an individual who strives to achieve success and results, inspires others and has the potential to become a future leader in our industry.

Recruitment Star

Recognising an organisation that has shown outstanding support helping development studios successfully recruit and retain new team members.

Entry Requirements:
Tell us why your organisation deserves to be recognised as our Recruitment Star. Give us an example of your best placement within the qualifying period (1 May 2019 – 31 March 2020) and tell us how you contributed to your clients’ success. Please provide up to three testimonials from studios you’ve worked with.

Judges will look for innovative approaches and the resulting success for the developer.

Publishing Star sponsored by GamesIndustry.biz

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. 

Entry Requirements:
Tell us why your organisation deserves to be recognised as our Publishing Star. Give us examples of a game or games you’re really proud to have supported within the qualifying period (1 May 2019 – 31 March 2020) and tell us how you contributed to their success. Please provide up to three testimonials from developers you’ve worked with.

Judges will look for innovative approaches and the resulting critical and/or commercial success for the developer.

Best Mobile Game

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

Entry Requirements:
Tell us why this game deserves the Best Mobile Game award and what’s extraordinary about it. Give examples from the nominated game & explain what makes this game and the team’s achievements stand out?

Judges will look for innovation, creativity and technical achievement.

Game of the Year

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.

Entry Requirements:
Tell us why this game deserves the Game of the Year award and what’s extraordinary about it. Give examples from the nominated game, their inspirations and what the goals were. What makes this game stand out as Game of the Year?

Judges will look for innovation, creativity and technical achievement not just commercial success.
 

Best Micro Studio

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

Entry Requirements:
Tell us why your studio deserves to win Best Micro Studio. What makes your studio and the achievements of your team stand out? Explain your company culture and team dynamic, what’s remarkable about your game(s), development and production process and community engagement?
Link to examples of your latest game(s) from within the qualifying period (1 April 2019 – 31 March 2020)

Judges will look for evidence of all round outstanding achievement and individuality as well as critical and commercial success.

Best Studio

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

Entry Requirements:
Tell us why your studio deserves to win Best Studio. What makes your studio and the achievements of your team stand out? Explain your company culture and team dynamic, what’s remarkable about your game(s), development and production process and community engagement?
Link to examples of your latest game(s) from within the qualifying period (1 April 2019 – 31 March 2020)

Judges will look for evidence of all round outstanding achievement and individuality as well as critical and commercial success.

Develop:Star Awards Party

The Develop:Star Awards Party will take place on 15 July during Develop:Brighton 2020.

We think awards ceremonies should seek to inspire an industry and to bring communities together to network, celebrate achievements and share ideas. They should also be about having fun!

Here's how the evening will run - more info nearer the time: 

  • 19.00 Drinks and Canapé Reception
  • 20.00 Awards Presentations and Supper
  • From 22.30 the After Party

Venue Info

Hilton Brighton Metropole
Kings Road
Brighton
East Sussex
BN1 2FU

How to get there

Develop:Star Award

This special award will be selected by the Develop:Brighton team to honour an extraordinary game developer for outstanding achievement and contribution to the industry.



  The 2019 Develop:Star was Sean Murray from Hello Games.

 

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