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Games Industry celebrates as the winners of this years Develop:Star Awards are announced

The games industry celebrated last night as the Develop:Star Awards returned in-person to celebrate the very best of the game development community. It was a big night for the likes of PlayStation with Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales winning Best Audio and Returnal picking up Best Visual Art and Game of the Year, while Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout picked up two prizes in the Best Game Design and Best Original IP categories.


This year’s Develop Star recipient, Team17’s founder and CEO Debbie Bestwick MBE, was celebrated for her outstanding achievements and contributions to the games industry. "It was humbling to receive the award last night. It continues to be a pleasure to be part of this incredible and creative industry, and play a role in building a better environment for developers to realise their ambitions and make games loved around the world.”


Sumo Digital picked up the Best Studio award for the second time following their win in 2019.


The full list of winners is below:

  • Best Visual Art: Returnal
  • Best Narrative: Röki
  • Best Game Design: Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
  • Best Audio: Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  • Best Innovation: Lost Words: Beyond the Page
  • Best QA & Localisation Provider: Keywords Studios
  • Recruitment Star: Amiqus Recruitment
  • Best Creative Provider: Atomhawk
  • Best Original IP (Sponsored by Hiro Capital): Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
  • Diversity Star (Sponsored by PTW): Anisa Sanusi
  • Tomorrow's Star (Sponsored by Amiqus): Reema Ishaque
  • Best Technology Provider: Unreal Engine
  • Publishing Star: No More Robots
  • Best Mobile Game: Little Orpheus
  • Game of the Year: Returnal
  • Best Micro Studio (Sponsored by Talenthouse): Polygon Treehouse
  • Best Studio (Sponsored by Epic Games): Sumo Digital
  • The Develop Star Award: Debbie Bestwick - Team17


Andy Lane, managing director at Tandem Events said “We’d like to thank everyone who joined us and congratulate all the worthy winners, but in truth last night was a celebration of the entire industry after an often difficult 18 months.” The finalists in each competitive category were selected by a panel of judges, with the winners then decided by a closed industry vote, with delegates from the past five years of Develop:Brighton invited to take part.


The Develop:Star Awards will return next year to the Hilton Brighton Metropole on Wednesday 13 July during Develop:Brighton 2022.

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