The Develop:Star Awards took place last week with both Dreams and Control taking the lion’s share of the awards they were nominated for.
The ceremony is usually hosted in Brighton but took place online on November 4th due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Its counterpart, Develop:Brighton, also took place last week with over 30 talks from members of the gaming industry covering a wide range of topics.
Dreams, developed by Media Molecule, and Control, developed by Remedy Entertainment, took 6 of the 16 awards combined, with Dreams taking the coveted Game of the Year award.
Other winners included Fall Guys developer Mediatonic winning Best Studio and Team17 winning Best Publisher. What the Golf, developed by Triband, won Best Mobile Game, which I have previously recommended the Switch version in a discussion of golf video games here: https://www.lankychin.com/an-ode-to-golf-games
The awards also highlight achievements in oft-overlooked sectors of the gaming industry, such as QA & localisation, recruitment and diversity.
To cap off the ceremony, Todd Howard – famous for his work as lead director on Fallout and Elder Scrolls games at Bethesda – took the Develop:Star award for outstanding achievement and contribution to the games industry.
The Develop:Brighton event is scheduled to be back in Brighton in July 2021 and I’m sure the developers will be keen to meet back in person again.
To read more about the awards, check here: https://www.developconference.com/whats-on/develop-star-awards-2020
If you just want to watch the awards ceremony, check here: