Independent companies cleaned up the Develop Industry Excellence Awards 2011, with Minecraft developer Mojang coming out the clear winner with three awards.
Mojang won acclaim in the best new downloadable IP, best new studio, and best micro studio stakes.
Rovio took second place with just two awards, but as well as best handheld studio, the Angry Birds developer took out the coveted Grand Prix.
As reported earlier, Ninja Theory scored best new IP for Enslaved, with Playdead scoring a win with Limbo in the visual arts category.
The giants had their moments in the sun of course, with Valve’s Steam service scoring it Publishing Legend, and Microsoft netting praise for Kinect in the technological innovation field. Epic’s Unreal Engine 3 cemented its reputation with another win.
See the full list of winners below.
- Category: Creativity
- New IP: Enslaved (Ninja Theory)
- New Download IP: Minecraft (Mojang Specifications)
- Use of a License or IP: F1 2010 (Codemasters Birmingham)
- Visual Arts: Limbo (Playdead)
- Audio Accomplishment: Papa Sangre (Somethin’ Else)
- Publishing Hero: Valve
- Category: Technology and Services
- Technical Innovation: Kinect (Microsoft Research Cambridge)
- Audio Outsourcer: Side UK
- Visual Outsourcer: Axis Animation
- Services: Audiomotion
- Recruitment: Specialmove
- Tools Provider: Autodesk
- Engine: Unreal Engine 3 (Epic Games)
- Category: Studios
- New Studio: Mojang Specifications
- Micro Studio: Mojang Specifications
- Handheld Studio: Rovio Mobile
- Business Development: Mind Candy
- In-House Studio: Media Molecule
- Independent Studio: Crytek
- Special Industry Recognition
- Development Legend: Ian Livingstone
- Grand Prix: Rovio Mobile