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4J Studios wins top video games award for Minecraft

Xbox version of Minecraft Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption The console edition of Minecraft was developed in Dundee by 4J Studios

A Dundee company has won the top prize at a video games industry awards show after a public vote.

City firm 4J Studios scooped the Game of the Year award at The Independent Games Developers Association (TIGA) awards for its console version of Minecraft.

Almost 12,000 votes were cast in the public vote to decide the top prize.

4J Studios also took home the Best Arcade Game by a large studio prize, also for Minecraft.

Block-building game Minecraft has sold more than 54 million copies worldwide.

Mojang, the Swedish firm which originally developed it for PC, was bought by Microsoft for £1.5bn in September.

The XBox 360 edition won 4J Studios a Bafta nomination in 2013 and has won several other awards.

Image copyright Mojang
Image caption More than 54m copies of Minecraft have been sold wordwide

TIGA chief executive Richard Wilson offered "huge congratulations" to the winners.

He said: "The 2014 awards have totally surpassed our expectations.

"We have broken our record again for the number of individual Game Of The Year votes, we have had 25% more people come along on the night and most importantly, we had 50% more entries this year than last.

"It is incredibly rewarding to see how positively the UK video game community responds to the TIGA Awards and the opportunity to gain recognition for their achievements and showcase their work."

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