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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 (; born 5 May 1959) is an English video game designer and programmer. He created the god games Populous, Dungeon Keeper, and Black & White, as well as Theme Park, the ...more
Sid Meier is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
Sid Meier
Sidney K. Meier ( MIRE; born February 24, 1954) is a Canadian-American programmer, designer, and producer of several strategy video games and simulation video games, including the Civilization ...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. His games are generally focused on interactive story-telling, and he is arguably best known for his work on several ...more
Danielle Bunten Berry is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
Danielle Bunten Berry (February 19, 1949 – July 3, 1998), 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. ...more
Chris Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
Chris Sawyer is a Scottish video game designer and programmer who is best known for creating the Transport Tycoon and RollerCoaster Tycoon series. He is also 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 (born October 28, 1967) is an American director, designer, programmer, and developer in the video game industry. He is best known as a co-founder of id Software and designer ...more
Tim Sweeney is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
Timothy D. Sweeney (born 1970) is an American video game programmer and conservationist. He is known for being the founder and CEO of Epic Games and the creator of the Unreal Engine.
Junichi Masuda is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
Junichi Masuda (増田 順一, Masuda Jun'ichi, born January 12, 1968) is a Japanese video game composer, director, designer, producer, and programmer best known for his work in the Pokémon ...more
Adam Powell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
Adam James Powell (born 20 December 1976) is a Welsh computer programmer, 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 (March 2, 1953 – January 26, 2005) was a game designer, programmer and musician who first came to prominence for his music for Activision and Intellivision games, as well as ...more
Ken Williams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
Ken Williams (born October 30, 1954) is an American retired game programmer who co-founded On-Line Systems together with his wife Roberta Williams. On-Line Systems eventually became Sierra ...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 (May 29, 1960 – May 28, 1998) was an American game designer, programmer, and author born with cystic fibrosis, an incurable genetic disorder. According to a medical encyclopedia ...more
Ken Silverman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
Ken Silverman (born November 1, 1975) 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 ...more
Tom Hall is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
Tom A. Hall (born September 2, 1964) is a game designer best known for his work with id Software on titles such as Doom and Commander Keen. He attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where ...more
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
Newgrounds (collectively Newgrounds.com, Inc.) is an American online entertainment and social media website and company. It hosts user-generated content such as gaming, filming, audio and ...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 John Boon (born February 22, 1964) is an American video game programmer, philanthropist, voice actor, and director who was employed for over 15 years at Midway Games and since 2011 has ...more
Bill Budge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
Bill Budge (born August 11, 1954) is an American video game programmer and designer. He is best known for the Apple II games Raster Blaster (1981) and Pinball Construction Set (1983).
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 designer Edmund McMillen.
Jason Jones is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
Jason Jones (born June 1, 1971) is a video game developer and programmer who co-founded the video game studio Bungie with Alex Seropian in 1991. Jones began programming on Apple computers in ...more
Jez San is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
Jeremy Elliott "Jez" San OBE (born 29 March 1966) is an English game programmer and entrepreneur who founded Argonaut Software as a teenager in the 1980s. He is best known for the 1986 ...more
Akihiro Hino is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Game Programmers
Akihiro Hino (日野 晃博, Hino Akihiro) (born July 20, 1968) is a Japanese video game designer and businessman. Starting his career as a programmer in the 1990s, he later took on roles in writing, ...more