Indie developers swept this year's European-centric Develop Industry Excellence Awards in Brighton, UK, as Minecraft
developer Mojang took home three awards and Angry Birds
developer Rovio received the show's coveted Grand Prix award.
Mojang received the New Studio, Micro Studio, and Download IP awards, and Rovio took the Handheld Studio award in addition to earning the Grand Prix for the undeniable success of its mobile powerhouse.
Additional winners included Moshi Monsters
creator Mind Candy for the Business Development Award, Valve Software and its Steam platform for the Publishing Hero award, and Ian Livingstone, Games Workshop co-founder and life president of Square Enix, for the show's Development Legend award.
Develop organizers noted that this year's ceremony was the biggest yet, with over 550 attendees at the show.
Now in its ninth year, the event honors the best of the European game industry, though the Technology and Services category and certain other categories still permit non-European winners.
The full list of categories and winners at the ceremony is as follows:
New Download IP
Use Of A License Or IP
Technology And Services
Kinect (Microsoft Research Cambridge)
Unreal Engine 3 (Epic Games)
Special industry Recognition
"A packed house of the industry elite saw the cream of European games development take home much-deserved accolades, showing our industry in excellent health," said Develop editor-in-chief Michael French.
"Key winners such as Rovio, Minecraft
, Mind Candy and Valve all prove that independent companies have been reinvigorated, and are today empowered by new platforms and business models to create best-selling games properties without needing publisher support or interference."