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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
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Mike Oldfield is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
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Richard Garriott is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
Richard Allen Garriott de Cayeux (né Garriott; July 4, 1961) is an English-American video-game developer and entrepreneur. He is also known by his alter egos "Lord British" in ...more
Shigeru Miyamoto is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
Shigeru Miyamoto (Japanese: 宮本 茂, Hepburn: Miyamoto Shigeru, pronounced [mijamoto ɕiɡeɾɯ]; born November 16, 1952) is a Japanese video game designer and producer at Nintendo, where he serves as ...more
Peter Molyneux is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
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
Tim Schafer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
Timothy John Schafer (born July 26, 1967) 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 ...more
Gary Gygax is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
Ernest Gary Gygax ( GY-gaks; July 27, 1938 – March 4, 2008) was an American game designer and author best known for co-creating the pioneering role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) ...more
Sid Meier is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
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) 9 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
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) 10 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
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) 11 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
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) 12 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
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
Will Wright is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
William Ralph Wright (born January 20, 1960) is an American video game designer and co-founder of the former game development company Maxis, and then part of Electronic Arts (EA). In April 2009, ...more
Hironobu Sakaguchi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
Hironobu Sakaguchi (坂口 博信, Sakaguchi Hironobu) (born November 25, 1962) is a Japanese video game designer, director, producer, writer, and film director. He is best known as creator of the Final ...more
Adam Powell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
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.
Chris Roberts is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
Chris Roberts (born May 27, 1968) is an American video game designer, programmer, film producer and film director. He created the Wing Commander series while at Origin Systems and is now working ...more
Russell Lieblich is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
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
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 (born William Salvador Heineman) is an American video game designer and programmer. A long-time veteran of the video game industry (originally credited mostly as Bill ...more
Tom Hall is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
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
David Jones is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
David Scott Jones (born October 1965) is a Scottish video game programmer and entrepreneur who co-founded video game developers DMA Design (now Rockstar North) in 1987, Realtime Worlds in 2002, ...more
Satoshi Tajiri is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
Satoshi Tajiri (Japanese: 田尻 智, Hepburn: Tajiri Satoshi, born August 28, 1965) is a Japanese video game designer best known as the creator of Nintendo's Pokémon franchise and the founder ...more
Roberta Williams is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
Roberta Williams
Roberta Williams (born February 16, 1953) is an American video game designer, writer, and a co-founder of Sierra On-Line (later known as Sierra Entertainment), who developed her first game while ...more
Masaya Matsuura is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
Masaya Matsuura
Masaya Matsuura (松浦 雅也, Matsūra Masaya) (born June 16, 1961) is a Japanese musician and video game designer based in Tokyo, Japan. He was born in Osaka on June 16, 1961, and majored in ...more
Steve Purcell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
Steven Ross Purcell (born 1961) is an American cartoonist, animator, and game designer. He is most widely known as the creator of Sam & Max, an independent comic book series about a pair of ...more