edit: if I were a developer, I would be very happy about prizes/Game of the Year Awards *-* Or you do not care about that? @Chrkelleroh yes,
Prizes are cute, but don't ultimately matter. I am not a software developer, but I am a product developer. What matters is sales, market share, operating margins, etc. I would guess most developers don't care how many awards they win. If their game tanks that is a problem. Spider-man sold extremely well. I am guessing the developers are pleased as punch. More to the point, no I would not space out game releases intentionally to win awards that don't pay salaries and bonuses.