It's all true. We've just received this picture from our man on the spot showing Denki's MD Colin Anderson receiving a trophy from TIGA's new MD Richard Wilson...
UPDATE: Here's the official press release...
Games Studio Voted Winner By Industry Peers
London & Dundee, UK, January 31st, 2007. Scottish games studio Denki has picked up the Best Developer trophy at the 2008 TIGA Awards, held in central London last night.
Denki was nominated, alongside fellow UK developers Blitz Games and Sumo Digital, as the development company which has made the greatest contribution to independent game development in the UK last year.
TIGA – The Independent Game Developers Association - is an industry body for companies in the UK which create videogames. Each of the awards were voted for by member companies.
Denki is renowned within the games industry for its focus on original game design, high-quality conversions of top-tier brands and carefully managed project development. The company is best known for its work on interactive digital television gaming where, in the past seven years, it has released nearly seventy titles through companies including the UK's Sky Television and DIRECTV in North America. Denki's releases include both original games and many based on leading brands from the likes of Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Sky Sports, LEGO, Namco, Eidos and DreamWorks.
“It's a great honour to be chosen as the best independent developer,” said Denki's Internal Development Manager, Gary Penn, “particularly considering the significant achievements of our fellow nominees”. “We’re proud of having retained our independent status through what have been some very tough times for indie developers over recent years. We're especially delighted that our colleagues and peers within the industry rate Denki so highly and would like to thank everyone who voted for us.”
Building on their experience within the Game Boy Advance and digital television markets, Denki has recently turned its attention towards the Casual and Indie games sector.
“The new opportunities afforded to independent game developers by digital distribution means that games are becoming a far more inclusive pastime,” said Gary. “You can now play games on your television, mobile phone, web browser and even your MP3 player as well as the traditional games consoles people are already familiar with. This change means that for the first time in a generation we have the opportunity to re-engage with people who would never consider themselves ‘gamers’. The next challenge for the games industry is to start creating entertainment which will appeal to people who never normally play any sort of videogames. Denki is ideally positioned to deliver these new types of game and we already have several titles we’re very excited about in development.”
Denki is working on a number of forthcoming branded
titles for interactive television as well as several yet-to-be announced games,
based on original intellectual property for other
Notes To Editors:
Formed in March 2000 by four veterans of the computer games industry, Denki creates digital toys and games for all types of entertainment platforms.
Based in Dundee, Scotland, Denki currently has 20 employees and is creator of the multiple award-winning Denki Blocks! Puzzle game; winner of 'Overall Best Game of the Show' and 'Best Handheld Game of the Show' at the European Computer Trade Show (ECTS) 2001. Denki Blocks! was also nominated for a BAFTA Award for best Mobile Game in 2002. The game demonstrates the company's skills in creating Intellectual Property and exploiting it across multiple technologies.
Denki initially created games for Game Boy Advance, as well as the emerging mobile gaming sector. The company was one of the first in the world to begin developing games for interactive digital television channels such as those operated by DirecTV in the US, Bell Telecom in Canada, and Sky Television in Europe. In recent years, Denki has created more than seventy (70) titles for digital TV networks, including many premier brands owned by the biggest media companies in the world, such as Warner Bros., Universal Pictures, DreamWorks, Viacom and Mattel.
Denki has built a reputation for taking top brands - that have already proven popular in other media - and translating them into successful interactive TV titles aimed specifically at a mainstream 'casual' audience. Denki treats all the brands with enormous care and respect, ensuring that their hallmarks are retained within the interactive versions.
This results in Denki always being in demand from game publishers, brand owners and intellectual property creators who know their products will be of the highest standards.
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