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Media Molecule,  LittleBigPlanet  Dominate Develop Awards

Media Molecule, LittleBigPlanet Dominate Develop Awards

July 16, 2009 | By Leigh Alexander

Together, Media Molecule and its LittleBigPlanet have swept the Develop Industry Excellence Awards in Brighton, taking home wins in the Best New IP, Visual Arts, Technical Innovation, Best New Studio and Best Independent Developer categories.

Event organizers say over 500 attendees turned out for the honors, hosted by English comedian Jason Manford. It's the seventh year for the event, which aims to honor the best of the European development industry -- although some Technology & Services subcategories accept non-European winners.

Among the honorees: Former Sony Worldwide Studios boss Phil Harrison, who recently moved to a non-executive board role at Atari, was celebrated with the Development Legend award, and agent Jacqui Lyons received the Lifetime Achievement honor.

In addition, Codemasters received the Grand Prix award for its achievements over its 25-year lifespan. The full list of winners in each category is as follows:


Best New IP
LittleBigPlanet (Media Molecule)

Best Use of a License
Lego Batman (Traveller's Tales)

Visual Arts
LittleBigPlanet (Media Molecule)

Audio Accomplishment
Fable II (Lionhead)

Publishing Hero

Technology & Services

Technical Innovation
LittleBigPlanet (Media Molecule)

Best Tools Provider

Best Engine
Unreal Engine 3 (Epic Games)

Recruitment Company


Creative Outsourcing
Side & Sidelines


Best New Studio
Media Molecule

Best Handheld Games Studio
Rockstar Leeds

Business Development

Best Independent Developer
Media Molecule

Best In-House Team
Rockstar North

Special Recognition

Development Legend
Phil Harrison

Lifetime Achievement Award
Jacqui Lyons

Grand Prix

"When the industry is often wrongly criticized for its reliance on licensed titles, Media Molecule has shown the value in a wholly original approach," said Develop Magazine editor-in-chief Michael French of the awards' biggest winner.

"We salute the winners, and pat the shoulders of those nominated -- but everyone in the business should be rightly congratulated for another stellar year."

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