GameDev.net is an independent, community-driven social platform for developers in the games and interactive media industries. Here you will find forums, articles and tutorials, developer blogs, news, career resources, and an industry marketplace for assets and services.
Approaching 20 years of existence, GameDev.net members span every part of the industry, and nowhere will you find a more diverse community with as rich a history as GameDev.net. Students, amateurs and enthusiasts, and professionals alike have joined GameDev.net since our launch in 1999 to participate in the global game development conversation.
It's free to join GameDev.net, but we offer a paid membership for access to additional site features, partner discounts, and more - and we are eternally grateful for those members who support the site. We also offer an asset marketplace at https://gamedev.market those looking to buy or sell digital assets for their games and interactive media, and our jobs board at https://gamedev.jobs for those wanting to join the games industry.
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Who is behind GameDev.net?
No other game development community has the experience, depth, and breadth of knowledge as our staff and moderators. We are developers first. We know the technology, are developing games, middleware, tools, and more for the games industry, and we also happen to know how to run an online platform like GameDev.net. You won't find this kind of expertise anywhere else.
We are also independent. We aren't backed by investors or large funding ventures. Kevin Hawkins, original co-founder, is today the sole proprietor of GameDev.net, and he is surrounded by an experienced and well-versed moderator and support staff who believe in the role GameDev.net has in the games industry.
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GameDev.net was created for the sole purpose of providing a public site where game developers could freely exchange information, inspire each other, and connect throughout the industry. We are primarily funded by advertising, affiliate programs, and paid memberships.
In 1998, the founders of GameDev.net originally ran their own game development sites - back then the web was small, generally segregated, and making the list in the Yahoo directory was a major achievement. One day, the founders started talking about working together, which eventually led to the idea of a one-stop destination for "all your game development needs" - our original slogan.
By early 1999, the "gamedev.net" domain was purchased - the name representative of "game development network" - and design and layout discussions began. On June 15, 1999, all traffic from the individual sites were rerouted to https://www.gamedev.net, and GameDev.net was live.
GameDev.net June '99
As the "game development network", GameDev.net consisted of the main site, the Wotsit's Format file format directory site, the Game Development Search Engine which was a Google for game development, and Demonews for the demo scene. Soon after launch we also added NeHe Productions, the most popular site to learn OpenGL.
GameDev.net in 2001
GameDev.net has always been a passion project for its founders and volunteers. The site has never employed full-time staff but has continued to grow and evolve as the industry has evolved.
Only one founder is still involved in GameDev.net: Kevin Hawkins ( @khawk ). Kevin has worn every hat at GameDev.net over its lifetime and continues to administer the site, including working with partners, developing new features, and ensuring GameDev.net continues its mission to provide a free, independent resource for game developers.
These founders are no longer involved with GameDev.net, but without them it would not be the great resource that it is today: