ME Awards 2009: The Winners

The ceremony, hosted by Mobile Entertainment magazine, rewards innovation and creativity in the mobile content sector and took place earlier tonight at the Royal Garden Hotel in London.

It attracted guests from over 120 companies in media, technology and entertainment from around the world.

The awards recognised achievement in the following categories: development and publishing; services; handsets and operators. The winners were decided by a judging panel drawn from the ME contacts book and consisting of around 400 execs from all sectors of the business.

It was a great night for Apple, which retained the Best Handset Company award, and for Flirtomatic, Shazam and Admob, all of which retained their awards from the 2008 event. First time winners included PlayPhone, Vodafone, Universal Music, Saffron Digital and others.

But the loudest applause of the evening went to Neeraj Roy, who became the fourth winner of the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Mobile Entertainment’ award. He received his prize for building India’s biggest mobile content company, and for his energy in promoting the industry all over the world.

Tim Green, executive editor of Mobile Entertainment magazine, said: “The ME Awards event is a chance for the mobile content business to celebrate its amazing progress into the mainstream. And with the whole world obsessed with apps and widgets, it really feels like the industry is at the centre of things. Congratulations to all the winners.”

Our generous sponsors this year are Nokia Ovi (Gold Partner), Nielsen (Silver Partner), Mobile Interactive Group (Operator Award Partner), PlayPhone (Games Publisher Awards Partner) Partnertrans (Exclusive Drinks Reception Partner), MplayIt (Social Media Award Partner), IMR Executive (Best D2C Company Award Partner), Neomobile (Best Marketing & Advertising Company Award Partner), Out There Media (Best Handset Company Award Partner) and Velti (after show party partner).

The winners in full:

DEVELOPMENT AND PUBLISHING

Best Gambling Company
Cellectivity

Best Adult Company
Cherry Media

Best D2C Company (Sponsored by IMR Executive)
PlayPhone

Best Games Developer
Digital Chocolate

Best Games Publisher (Sponsored by PlayPhone)
EA Mobile

Best Music Label
Universal Music

Best Video Company
BBC

Best Social Media Company (Sponsored by Mplayit)
Flirtomatic

SERVICES

Best Video & TV Service Provider
Saffron Digital

Best Games Service Provider
Metaflow

Best Music Service Provider
Shazam

Best Transactions Provider
Ericsson IPX

Best Publishing Platform
Netbiscuits

Best Search and Location Company
Yahoo Mobile

Best Marketing & Advertising Company (Sponsored by Neomobile)
AdMob  

Best App Store
Apple

OPERATORS AND HANDSETS

Best Handset Company (Sponsored by Out There Media)
Apple

Best Operator (Sponsored by Mobile Interactive Group)
Vodafone

SPECIAL AWARD
Outstanding Contribution to Mobile Entertainment
Neeraj Roy, CEO of Hungama Mobile

For more information about the ME Awards please contact Tim Green at Intent Media on
+44 (0)1992 535646 / tim.green@intentmedia.co.uk