Nordeus Wins Best Gaming Start-up at Europas Awards 2011

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Social and mobile games developer Nordeus wins prize for the best young European game development company thanks to the success of its hugely popular football management game, Top Eleven.

Nordeus, social game studio behind world's most popular online sports game Top Eleven.

Banging it from Belgrade! Yet another example of how you can make it global from Europe.

Social and mobile games start-up Nordeus was last-night crowned best gaming start-up at the Europas Awards 2011, held in London’s West End. The award was given to the games developer after a whirlwind 18 months that has seen the company grow from three people to a team of over 40. The award jury acknowledged the bootstrapped companies successful journey from Serbian start-up to strong stable growth and a highly profitable business, thanks to the success of its hugely popular football management game, Top Eleven.

The Europas, which are voted for by tech industry experts, cap a fantastic year for Nordeus and their flagship game Top Eleven, which this summer became the most played sports game on Facebook and Web after overtaking EA SPORTS FIFA Superstars. Top Eleven now has nearly one million daily users, which log on every day to play.

“Winning such an award, especially one decided by your peers, is a huge honour,” said Branko Milutinović, Nordeus CEO, after picking up their award. “Europe is currently going through an immensely challenging period, yet tech companies are showing that hard-work and creativity can lead to success, whatever the economic climate. We couldn’t have done this without our amazing team back in Serbia and its fantastic for our team to represent the region in this fantastic showcase for European tech businesses.”

Awards chairman and TechCruch Europe editor Mike Butcher praised the talent and success of the Nordeus team: “Banging it from Belgrade! Yet another example of how you can make it global from Europe.”

Twenty-two awards were given away in all at the ceremony, which sought to reward the best of Europe’s tech companies. The event also saw Mixcloud win best Entertainment startup, Accel voted VC of the year and Rovio winning a special Europa “Hero award for kicking ass around the world” for their hit app Angry Birds. A full list of winners can be found at http://eu.techcrunch.com/2011/11/18/peer-index-takes-the-honours-as-the-europas-awards-drifts-east/

Nordeus has also been chosen as one of 25 tech companies to watch by the European Tech Tour this month, placing the team alongside SoundCloud and Wonga.com.

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