Games studios big and small emerged triumphant last night at a glitzy awards bash in Brighton.
The Develop Awards, an annual event celebrating the best development talent in the UK, drew in a crowd of hundreds of the industry's key decision makers.
Trophies were split this year, with Rocksteady Studios taking home the prize for best use of a licence, while EA DICE won audio accomplishment for its work on Battlefield 3.
Meanwhile, divisive art-house game Dear Esther picked up the Best Narrative prize. Valve won publishing hero, and Frozen Synapse took best new IP.
THE WINNERS IN FULL
NEW IP: Frozen Synapse (Mode 7 Games)
USE OF A LICENCE: Batman: Arkham City (Rocksteady Studios)
USE OF NARRATIVE: Dear Esther (Thechineseroom)
VISUAL ARTS: Rayman Origins (Ubsioft Montpellier)
AUDIO ACCOMPLISHMENT: Battlefield 3 (EA Dice)
PUBLISHING HERO: Steam
TECHNICAL INNOVATION: Enlighten (Geomerics)
USE OF ONLINE: World of Tanks (Wargaming.net)
VISUAL OUTSOURCER: Cubic Motion
AUDIO OUTSOURCER: Side
SERVICES: VMC Game Labs
TOOLS PROVIDER: Epic Games
ENGINE: Unity 3.5 (Unity Technologies)
NEW STUDIO: Bossa Studios
MICRO STUDIO: Thechineseroom
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT: NaturalMotion Games
INDEPENDENT STUDIO: CCP Games
IN-HOUSE STUDIO: The Creative Assembly
DEVELOPMENT LEGEND: David Perry
GRAND PRIX: Mind Candy