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List of famous video game developers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top video game developers in the world? This includes the most prominent video game developers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable video game developers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic video game developers 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 video game developers.

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From reputable, prominent, and well known video game developers to the lesser known video game developers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the video game developer field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous video game developers ever?" and "What are the names of famous video game developers?" then you're in the right place. (28 items)
Richard Garriott is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Video Game Developers
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Richard Garriott de Cayeux is a video game developer and entrepreneur. He is also known as his alter egos Lord British in Ultima and General British in Tabula Rasa. A well-known figure in the video game industry, Garriott was originally a game designer and programmer and now engages in various aspects of computer game development and business. On October 12, 2008, Garriott launched aboard Soyuz TMA-13 to the International Space Station as a self-funded private astronaut, returning 12 days later aboard Soyuz TMA-12. With his trip, he became the second person, and first American, to be a second-generation space traveler. Garriott founded a new video game development company in 2009, called ...more on Wikipedia

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Chris Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Video Game Developers
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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 development company. ...more on Wikipedia

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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 shareware company while he was a student majoring in mechanical engineering at the University of Maryland. He said that he had been interested in game development and computer programming since he was 10 years old, and finally started making games out of his parents' basement where he lived. Epic got its start when Sweeney created ZZT, the company's first game. As Sweeney has said in interviews, ZZT's success fueled the early growth of his company. The game was released as a shareware in 1991. Sweeney ...more on Wikipedia

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Junichi Masuda is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Video Game Developers
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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 directors, and has worked at the company since 1989. He helped compose the music for games like Mendel Palace and Pulseman before beginning to work on the first Pokémon games. On Pokémon Red and Blue, he worked mainly as the soundtrack and sound effects composer, as well as contributing some of the programming. With the development of new Pokémon games, Masuda took new roles in future projects. He began to produce and direct games, starting with Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, and became responsible for approving new ...more on Wikipedia

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