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

List people include Mike Oldfield, Richard Garriott and many more.

From reputable, prominent, and well known game designers to the lesser known game designers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the game designer field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous game designers ever?" and "What are the names of famous game designers?" then you're in the right place. (231 items)
Neal Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
Neal Town Stephenson is an award-winning American writer and game designer known for his works of speculative fiction. His novels have been variously categorized as science fiction, historical ...more
Mike Oldfield is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
Michael Gordon "Mike" Oldfield is an English musician and composer. His work blends progressive rock with world, folk, classical, electronic, ambient, and new-age. He is best known for ...more
Richard Garriott is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
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 ...more
Shigeru Miyamoto is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
Shigeru Miyamoto is a Japanese video game designer and producer. He is best known as the creator of some of the best-selling, most critically acclaimed, most enduring, and most influential games ...more
Peter Molyneux is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
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
Tim Schafer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
Timothy John Schafer is an American computer game designer. He founded Double Fine Productions in July 2000, after having spent over a decade at LucasArts. Schafer is best known as the designer ...more
Gary Gygax is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
Ernest Gary Gygax was an American writer and game designer best known for co-creating the pioneering role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons with Dave Arneson. Gygax has been described as the ...more
Sid Meier is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
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) 9 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
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) 10 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
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) 11 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
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) 12 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
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
Will Wright is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
William Ralph "Will" Wright is an American video game designer and co-founder of the ex game development company Maxis, and then part of Electronic Arts. In April 2009, he left EA to ...more
Hironobu Sakaguchi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
Hironobu Sakaguchi is a Japanese video game designer, director, producer, and former film director. He is the creator of the Final Fantasy series, and has had a long career in gaming with over ...more
Adam Powell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
Adam James Powell is a game designer and businessman. He is the co-founder of Neopets and Meteor Games.
Chris Roberts is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
Chris Roberts is an American video game designer, programmer, film producer and film director. He is best known for creating the popular Wing Commander series while employed at Origin Systems. ...more
Russell Lieblich is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
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
Robert Santos is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
Robert Santos is an entrepreneur, game designer, graphic designer, film editor, programmer and game programmer.
Rebecca Heineman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
Rebecca Ann Heineman is an American video game programmer. A long-time veteran of the computer game industry, Heineman was a founding member of Interplay Productions, Logicware, Contraband ...more
Tom Hall is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
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.
David Jones is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
David has been involved in the video game industry since 1983. He is well known for his past company (DMA Design Ltd.) and for his catalogue of hit games. Over the years David has written and ...more
Satoshi Tajiri is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
Satoshi Tajiri is a Japanese video game designer best known as the creator of Pokémon and the founder of video game developer Game Freak, Inc. An avid fan of arcade games, Tajiri wrote ...more
Roberta Williams is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
Roberta Williams
Roberta Williams is an American video game designer, writer and a co-founder of Sierra On-Line, who developed her first game while living in Simi Valley, California. She is most famous for her ...more
Masaya Matsuura is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
Masaya Matsuura
Masaya Matsuura is a video game designer and musician based in Tokyo, Japan. He was born in Osaka on June 16, 1961, and majored in Industrial Society at Ritsumeikan University. He has worked ...more
Steve Purcell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
Steven Ross Purcell is an American cartoonist, animator, director and game designer. He is most widely known as the creator of Sam & Max, an independent comic book series about a pair of ...more