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List of famous game programmers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top game programmers in the world? This includes the most prominent game programmers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable game programmers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic game programmers were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned game programmers.

List features people like Peter Molyneux, Ron Gilbert.

From reputable, prominent, and well known game programmers to the lesser known game programmers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the game programmer field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous game programmers ever?" and "What are the names of famous game programmers?" then you're in the right place. (109 items)

Peter Molyneux is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
Peter Douglas Molyneux, OBE is a English video game designer and programmer. He created the god games Populous, Dungeon Keeper and Black & White as well as Theme Park, the Fable series and ...more

Sid Meier is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
Sidney K. "Sid" Meier is a Canadian-American programmer, designer and producer of several popular strategy video games and simulation video games, most notably Civilization. Meier ...more

Ron Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
Ron Gilbert is an American video-game designer, programmer, and producer, best known for his work on several classic LucasArts adventure games, including Maniac Mansion and the first two Monkey ...more

Danielle Bunten Berry is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
Danielle Bunten Berry, born Daniel Paul Bunten, and also known as Dan Bunten, was an American game designer and programmer, known for the 1983 game M.U.L.E., and 1984's The Seven Cities of Gold. ...more

Chris Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
Chris Sawyer is a Scottish video game developer who is best known for designing and programming Transport Tycoon and the RollerCoaster Tycoon series. He is the founder of 31X, a mobile game ...more

John Romero is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
Alfonso John Romero is a director, designer, programmer, and developer in the video game industry. He is best known as a co-founder of id Software and designer for many of their games, including ...more

Tim Sweeney is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
Tim Sweeney, born in 1970, is an American computer game programmer and the founder of Epic Games, being best known for his work on ZZT and the Unreal Engine. Sweeney established Epic as a ...more

Junichi Masuda is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
Junichi Masuda is a video game composer, director, designer, producer, and programmer best known for his work on the Pokémon franchise. He is a member of the Game Freak board of ...more

Adam Powell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
Adam James Powell is a game designer and businessman. He is the co-founder of Neopets and Meteor Games.

Russell Lieblich is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
Russell Lieblich was a game designer, programmer and musician who first came to prominence for his music for Activision and Intellivision games, as well as doing the Commodore 64 music ...more

Ken Williams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
Ken Williams is an American game programmer who co-founded On-Line Systems together with his wife Roberta Williams. On-Line Systems eventually became Sierra On-Line and was ultimately renamed ...more

Paul Furio is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers

Robert Santos is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
Robert Santos is an entrepreneur, game designer, graphic designer, film editor, programmer and game programmer.

Bill Williams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
Bill Williams was a game designer, programmer, and author. Williams' games for the Atari 8-bit computers and Commodore Amiga are admired for their unique and imaginative design concepts, ...more

Ken Silverman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
Ken Silverman is an American game programmer, best known for writing the Build engine used in Duke Nukem 3D, Shadow Warrior, Blood, and more than a dozen other games in the mid- to late-1990s. ...more

Tom Hall is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
Tom A. Hall is a game designer born in Wisconsin. He attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he received a B.S. in Computer Science.

Wes Cumberland is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers

Tom Fulp is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
Thomas Charles "Tom" Fulp is the co-owner of video game company The Behemoth, and the creator and administrator of Newgrounds, a popular website for sharing indie games, animation, art ...more

Dark AleX is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers

Ed Boon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
Edward J. "Ed" Boon is an American video game programmer and director who had been employed for over 15 years at Midway Games and currently works for Warner Bros. Interactive ...more

Bill Budge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
Bill Budge is an American video game programmer and designer. He is best known for the Apple II games Raster Blaster and Pinball Construction Set.

Tommy Refenes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
Tommy Refenes is an American video game designer and programmer, best known for his work on the game Super Meat Boy, a platformer he co-created with developer Edmund McMillen.

Jason Jones is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
Jason Jones is a game developer and programmer who co-founded the video game studio Bungie with Alex Seropian in 1991. Jones began programming on Apple computers in high school, assembling a ...more

Jez San is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
Jeremy 'Jez' San OBE is an English game programmer and entrepreneur who founded Argonaut Software as a teenager in the 1980s. He is also a writer and helped design the Super FX chip for the

Akihiro Hino is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
Akihiro Hino is the president and CEO of the Japanese video game developer Level-5.

Markus Persson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
Markus Alexej Persson, also known as Notch or xNotch, is a Swedish video game programmer and designer. Persson is known as the founder of Mojang, the video game company he founded alongside Carl ...more

Corrinne Yu is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
Corrinne Yu is an American game programmer.

Jon Shafer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
Jon Shafer Jon Shafer is an American designer and programmer of computer games. He was the lead designer of the strategy game Civilization V, developed by Firaxis. Currently, Shafer is the president of ...more

Brent Erickson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
Brent Erickson is an American computer and video game developer with many titles to his credit. He has been involved in nearly every aspect of game development, from design to production. He ...more

Todd Gillissie is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers

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John Smedley is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
John Smedley John Smedley is the current President of Daybreak Game Company, which changed its name from Sony Online Entertainment in 2015. Smedley was born August 27, 1968. He became heavily involved in ...more

Mark Haigh-Hutchinson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
Mark Haigh-Hutchinson Mark Haigh-Hutchinson was an English video game developer. He is most notable for working on Paperboy, Zombies Ate My Neighbors, Star Wars and the Metroid Prime games.

Garry M. Gaber is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
Garry M. Gaber Garry M. Gaber is a game designer, director, project leader, artist, writer and programmer who worked on a number of notable LucasArts Video Games from 1994 through 2003. He is probably best ...more

Soren Johnson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
Soren Johnson Soren Johnson is a video game designer and programmer. He was employed by Firaxis Games from 2000 to 2007, where he co-designed several of their most popular games. In 2013 he co-founded Mohawk

David Stifel is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
David Stifel is an actor.

Paul Isaac is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
Paul Isaac Paul Isaac is a programmer, film director, screenwriter, cinematographer, film editor, film score composer and an actor.

Tom Leonard is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
Tom Leonard Tom Leonard is a software engineer.

Mike Bithell is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
Mike Bithell Mike Bithell is a BAFTA award winning video game developer.

Kevin Bruner is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
Kevin Bruner Kevin Bruner is a 2013 BAFTA Games Award nominated video game producer.

Naresh Hirani is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
Naresh Hirani Naresh Hirani is a video game producer and programmer.

Newgrounds is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
Newgrounds Newgrounds is an American entertainment and social media website and company. Founded on July 6, 1995 by Tom Fulp, the site presently hosts games, movies, audio and artwork in four respective ...more

Koichi Hayashida is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
Koichi Hayashida Koichi Hayashida is a BAFTA award nominated and winning video game designer.

Mark Randel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
Mark Randel Mark Randel is an American game programmer and the founder, principal technologist, and majority owner of Terminal Reality. Randel was the lead programmer of Terminal Velocity, Monster Truck ...more

Warren Davis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
Warren Davis is an American actor and video game programmer. He is best known for inventing the arcade classic Q*bert. His other video arcade credits include Joust 2, Lotto Fun, Exterminator, ...more

Lucas Pope is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
Lucas Pope Lucas Pope is a VGX award nominated video game developer.

John Hodskinson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
John Hodskinson John Hodskinson is a 2013 BAFTA Games Award winning video game programer.

Nick La Rooy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
Nick La Rooy Nick La Rooy is a BAFTA award nominated video game designer.

Matthew Booton is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
Matthew Booton Matthew Booton is a 2009 BAFTA Ones To Watch Award winning video game programmer and composer.

Tim Moss is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
Tim Moss Tim Moss is a BAFTA Games Award winning game programmer.