Finalists announced for developer awards

Do you rather follow The 2008 UEFA European Football Championship instead of game events this summer? Then please stop reading. The nominees for the Develop Industry Excellence Awards 2008 have been announced. A total of eighteen awards will be handed out, and the event will take place in Brighton on July 30th. Not very surprisingly, Rockstar (Grand Theft Auto IV) has received five nominations. Ninja Theory (Heavenly Sword), received the same amount.

As you probably know, Rockstar North has broken almost every sales record during 2008 with GTA IV. For their work with this highly appreciated game, they received nominations for: Visual Arts, Audio Accomplishments, Technical Innovations and Best In-House Developer. Their new studio Rockstar London (responsible for Manhunt 2 on PlayStation 2) has received a nomination for Best New UK/European Studio. Ninja Theory’s achievements will perhaps give them a smashing award in Best New IP, Visual Arts, Audio Accomplishments, Technical Innovation or Best Independent Developer. Other developers looking to see some action is Frontier Development (Lost Winds) and Criterion Games (Burnout Paradise) with three nominations each.

Crytek (Crysis) is nominated for best Visual Arts together with Rockstar and Ninja Theory. You might have guessed that, but to everyone’s surprise, one of the combatants in this battle is… London Studio with SingStar PS3! Hey, I guess some of the expert’s daughters have quite a big influence. You can check out the other nominees here.

Michael French, editor of Develop, said “Be it digitally-distributed games, MMOs, first-person shooters or action-adventures, there’s no area of the industry that hasn’t been bolstered by Europe’s diverse sector of games development companies in the past year. We wish all of the nominees the best of luck and look forward to seeing them on what’s set to be a great night.” This event has been hosted for six consecutive years and last year more than 500 game industry executives attended. The price ranges from £199 – £2250 depending on whether you want a single seat or a Gold table seating.

One thing that hit me is that Funcom (Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures) wasn’t nominated for anything. Don’t you think that’s a bit strange? I think if a developer has made a possible “WoW-killer”, and has received an award for “Best online game” at E3, it should at least get a shot at this..