AAfter hundreds of nominations and thousands of votes, the 2022 MCV / DEVELOP Awards were finally presented on April 28, during a ceremony at The Brewery in London hosted by comedian and gaming veteran Imran Yusuf.

Two years after the last event, the guests, supporters and finalists were in power, representing some of the most famous and successful organizations not only in the UK gaming industry, but around the world. Thanks to their efforts over the last two years, the 2022 ceremony was a remarkable occasion to once again honor the creativity, success and innovation that are forever unique to the gaming industry in the UK.

As in 2020, the finalists were nominated by a select group representing all aspects of the gaming industry, from art, design, programming, to media, publishing, retail, recruitment and beyond. Then it came down to MCV / DEVELOPMENT readership and editorial team to determine the winners.

Photos from the evening are available through the awards websiteand let’s give our finalists and winners for 2022 one last round of applause!

BASIC FOR DEVELOPMENT

Development tool of the year

Finalists: Audiokinetic, Elias Studio 3, GameMaker Studio, SyncSketch, Unity

Winner: Unreal Engine

External partner for development of the year

Finalists: Keywords Studios, PTW, Talenthouse Media Foundry, Testronic, Virtuos

Winner: Epic Games

Selection Agency of the Year

Finalists: Amiqus, Haptic, InGame Recruitment, OPMjobs, Trust in Soda

Winner: Aardvark Swift

INNOVATION IN GAMES

Visual innovation of the year

Finalists: Housemarque and Sony Interactive Entertainment for Returnal, nDreams for Fracked, Polygon Treehouse and CI Games for Röki, Shedworks and Raw Fury for Sable, ustwo games for Alba: A Wildlife Adventure

Winner: Playground Games and Xbox Games Studio for Forza Horizon 5

Audio Innovation of the Year

Finalists: Codemasters and EA for Dirt 5, Housemarque and Sony Interactive Entertainment for Returnal, Shedworks and Raw Fury for Sable, Sumo Digital and Sony Interactive Entertainment for Sackboy: A Big Adventure,

Winner: Housemarque and Sony Interactive Entertainment for Returnal

Innovation of the year in gameplay

Finalists: Bossa Studios and Curve Games for I Am Fish, FuturLab and Square Enix for PowerWash Simulator, Ground Shatter and Mode 7 for battles in tight spaces, Just Add Water and Rebellion for Sniper Elite VR, Odd Bug Studio and CI Games for Tails of Iron

Winner: Mediatonic for Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout

Narrative Innovation of the Year

Finalists: Codemasters and EA for F1 2021, inkle for Overboard !, Sketchbook Games and Modus Games for Lost Words: Beyond the Page, Supermassive Games and Bandai Namco for The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes

Winner: Acid Nerve and Devolver Digital for Death’s Door

EXCEPTIONAL STUDIES

Main studio of the year

Finalists: Frontier Developments, Rebellion, Playground Games, Supermassive Games

Winner: Creative Assembly

Indie Studio of the Year

Finalists: Acid Nerve, Bossa Studios, Shedworks, Skyhook Games, ustwo games

Winner: Hello Games

PUBLISHING HOUSE AND PLATFORMS

Major publisher of the year

Finalists: Bethesda Softworks, EA, Nintendo, Sony Interactive Entertainment, Square Enix

Winner: Xbox Game Studios

Indie Publisher of the Year

Finalists: Chucklefish, Curve Games, No More Robots, Fireshine Games (previously sold out), Wired Productions

Winner: Slitherine

Platform of the year

Finalists: Nintendo, Steam, Antstream Arcade, PlayStation, Humble Bundle

Winner: Xbox

REACHING THE AUDIENCE

PR agency of the year

Finalists: Dead Good PR, Honest PR, Indigo Pearl, Renaissance

Winner: Bastion

Creative Agency of the Year

Finalists: Diva, Fourth Floor, ICHI Worldwide, TAKEOFF, YRS TRULY

Winner: Liquid

Campaign of the year

Finalists: Diva, in collaboration with TfL, MediaCom and Red Consultancy; EA for Kiyan Prince, FIFA 21; Honest PR for Yogscast Jingle Jam; YRS TRULY and Wizards of the Coast for Lycanspiracy, Magic: The Gathering

Winner: Renaissance and Curve Games for The Ascent

Media brand of the year

Finalists: GAMINGbible, IGN UK, PCGamesN, RKG, Video Games Chronicle (VGC)

Winner: Eurogamer

RETAIL AND DISTRIBUTION

Retailer of the Year

Finalists: Fanatical, GAME, Green Man Gaming, ShopTo

Winner: Amazon

Distributor of the Year

Finalists: CentreSoft, Click Entertainment, Contact Sales, Genba Digital, Plug In Digital

Winner: Koch Media

JURY AWARDS

Rookie of the Year

Winner: PressEngine

Games for a better world

Winner: Nintendo for Animal Crossing

Legend of MCV / DEVELOP

Winner: Sports Interactive

Announcing the winners of the 2022 MCV/DEVELOP Awards!

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