UK award success for Sony

The games industry gathers in Brighton to recognise the year's big achievers, with Sony dominating the Develop Awards.

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe was the big winner in this year's Develop Industry Excellence Awards, which took place last night at the Hilton Metropole in Brighton on the UK's south coast. It took home three awards, whilst other notable winners included Bizarre Creations and Criterion.

The event was attended by around 400 members of the UK and European development community, and more than 60 companies were nominated in four main categories for a total of 18 awards.

SCEE won the Publishing Hero award for its achievements throughout the past year, as well as two awards for Buzz! The Music Quiz--the first for New Console IP (intellectual property), and the second for Innovation in the Buzz! controllers.

Liverpool-based Bizarre Creations won two awards for their work on the Xbox 360--the Best Use of Online, which related to Geometry Wars 2 on Xbox Live Arcade, and the night's biggest accolade, the Grand Prix award for Project Gotham Racing 3.

Another UK studio, Criterion, also scooped two gongs in the ceremony. Best Art/Sound was awarded jointly for arcade racer Burnout Revenge and sumptuous shooter Black, and it took the Best In-House Development Team accolade as well.

In the Studio Category, BigBig won Best New UK/European Studio, Rebellion was named Most Improved Studio, and Gameloft won the Mobile Studio award. Rockstar Leeds took the Best Handheld Studio title, thanks in large part to the success of Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories on the PlayStation Portable.

More information on the awards can be found on the Develop Conference Web site.

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carlosror
carlosror

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assassinX01
assassinX01

well, my life is certainly more complete now that I've seen THIS.

EPaul
EPaul

good work Sony

honkinese
honkinese

plz explain this so far on this article every1 has been saying that sony opied the wii controller for its buzz game but that sounds extreme idiotic as the buzz controller has been out for over 3 months here in Aus while the WIiiremote aint out till later this year plus the buzz control only consists of 4 coloured buttons with no motion sensing technology what so ever so for all those fanboys that keep dissing sony and ahy other company please grow up and stop shoving crap down into others ppl throats coz its because of u ppl that takes the meaing of fun away from the gamers

Maquis_UK
Maquis_UK

big deal. they give Oscars and Grammys to losers and talentless wonders too. ps2 was the last popular fony console. lol eyetoy... as well as singstar... and their fans label Nintendo kiddie!!

maddemios
maddemios

I'm starting to think Sony likes seeing its name everywhere. That must be their new ad campaign, do anything possible to get their name talked about. Also, the title made it sound like Sony won tons of rewards; I think it should have some respect for the other companies.

granalf
granalf

I don't care what fanboys here are saying, Sony deserves the awards. They have done alot of things, but some people just ignore what they have done, and start basing for fu**ing reason. Anyway, good job Sony and keep up the good work.

K1LLSWITCH
K1LLSWITCH

Desi-Gangsta "sony did not deserve it" And Microsoft does? They still have yet to prove themselves. Sony has proven themselves for over a decade now. They proved that they deliver on great games. What does Microsoft deliver, PC ports and one exclusive series which is Halo? Microsoft has alot of work to do.

thekey
thekey

This means nothing to me Sony still overrated.

SNKrock
SNKrock

SCEE is (imo) the biggest asset SCE has... Hell, they made EyeToy!

faizali86
faizali86

controller? buzz? hmmmmmmmmm.........maybe the best one after guitar hero. i think its not european.

shibipocanibo
shibipocanibo

Sony needed this...unfortunately it's gonna need a lot more. Hopefully the big S will throw down some sucker punches pretty soon here, it's getting awfully close to launch time. By the way, Sony may lie and cheat at times, but this is no different from any other multi-national corporation. Microsoft for instance? Last time I checked they didn't just sell Xboxes. Here's a small list of the recent "lies and cheats": 1) The European Commission recently decided to levy a $357 million antitrust fine. 2) 35 million dollar fine last year in South Korea. Talk about lies and cheats, M$ is the biggest one. Sony doesn't systematically squash its competitors, instead it just cuts costs (sometimes illegally) and makes better products, so, eat it. Here's another little diddy for you M$ lovers (not that I don't think the 360 kicks serious ass, but you guys are annoying) -PC Magazine: "Americans prefer Sony, Apple: Microsoft appeal wanes"

LordBraz
LordBraz

It's like giving the best picture oscar to jerry bruckheimer every year b/c his movies have the most explosions

anamnawshad
anamnawshad

Some good news for Sony! Congrats.........

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

Well congratulations Sony you did a good job and can't wait to see what you can do with the PS3.

Kayrod29
Kayrod29

Nope, Sony still lies and steals.

Guendolin13
Guendolin13

SCEE does some good games. Their games hited hard in the EU, (I'm SWE)

metdevthegamer
metdevthegamer

Oh wow, three rinky dink awards, that's going to make the Sony haters real jealous. Eh, they derserve some positive press after that stupid racist claim. Hate to beat a dead horse, but Sony didn't need that s**t because that ad wasn't racist. I'm hoping they see some more positive press in the future, this story is a good start.

Shinobi7777
Shinobi7777

Good news for SONY, more great news to follow next TGS in September.

metroidlink1030
metroidlink1030

God, the title makes it sound like Sony sweeped the floor, but they only earned a few awards. At least give the other companies credit, geez. I know Sony has been getting a lot of negative press lately, but don't over-credit them, GameSpot.

Dantes_Monkey
Dantes_Monkey

Sony haters hang your heads in shame...yeah all of you.

Fallout_red
Fallout_red

god of war is CRAP!!!!?????? You seriously need medical attention IMO!

Alpha_Axl
Alpha_Axl

I wonder how much Sony paid them to give them that...

Devilwillcry
Devilwillcry

Great Job Sony, nice to see some good news about them. oh and before you post the award is for the buzz controller not the PS3 controller so Wii fanboys: dont flip out. read the article before you post.

IgnatiusX
IgnatiusX

When I opened this, I thought they got a dubious award of bad advertising... ah well. Yeah, this is the first good Sony news I've heard in months, but it _really_ doesn't change the fact that they're screwed next-gen.

patjuan
patjuan

e1viento it was Pelican who created the motion sensing controller for the PSone, not Sony. Furthermore Nintendo created the first motion sensing cartridge, Kirby's tilt 'n' tumble for the gameboy color. Anyway, congratulations to all the winners for their achievements.

Ponsardin
Ponsardin

How comes Rockstar Leeds took the Best Handheld Studio title?!? :shock: There are others who deserve this title much better.

fordies
fordies

finally some good news for sony they really needed that everyone is hating on them at the moment

lordxymor
lordxymor

Sony was in desperate need of that.

abelmaestro
abelmaestro

This are the first good news I hear about Sony since months .

ymcop
ymcop

Nice job Sony! Congratulations !

Ronin_87
Ronin_87

Don't call God of War crap! It's a fantastic game, even if it isn't innovative. :)

SpareJesus
SpareJesus

The Buzz controller came out a year or two ago, and the Buzz game is a lot of fun for families. So I agree, it is nice to see Sony getting an award for their family-titles over the regular GoW and GTA crap they usually offer their fans. And yes, the Wii controller is more innovative, but we've worn that down in every other thread already. Give Sony a chance guys.

insinuendo
insinuendo

That's my city. I live quite near that hotel. Why didn't I hear about this. This is the first time in a long time I have heard good news for Sony in the news section.

Ronin_87
Ronin_87

People need to learn to read. It was for the buzz controller, not the PS controller. :roll:

alexadams
alexadams

Actually the buzz game and its controller came out before any of this wii controller stuff, so stop getting offended. Also the fact remains that it is just a buzzer not a motion sensor - so how they hell was it a copy - you people need to think before you blurt out.

coltACP
coltACP

The controller they are reffering to is the peripheral you use to play THAT particular game. I live in the U.K so i know what this crap is about. They got the PAST achievements award and 3 awards essentially for the Buzz! music quiz game(1 for IT's controller-it's a buzzer btw). Basically the kids love it, it's family fun with buzzers. Nice that they won something for their efforts last year.

bigroy666
bigroy666

Thats all good, but I dont understand why they recieved an award for there controller, considering the wii controller is a lot more inovative and it was announced first.

Sidbob
Sidbob

Buzz was an innovation. Even my Grandmother, who had never played a computer game before, whooped all of us on the music quiz. Anything that allows non gamers to play games deserves credit. I cant wait for PS3 and its new controller. The Wii controller is a major part of the system whereas the PS3 motion sensing is just an extra.

Killagorilla27
Killagorilla27

Preparing for someone to say... "OMG! SONY WONNED AWERDS!? WTF!? NOT FAIR! 360 AND WII NEED TO WIN AWARDS! SONY DONT DESERVE NOW AWERDS! SONY SUCS! WTF?" Anyway, good for Sony though. Finally some good PR...

lynux3
lynux3

I await the sheep to criticize Sony's innovations known as the Buzz! game.

Nintendo_Man
Nintendo_Man moderator

PGR 3 is the only one who deserves any of the awards.