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We take pride in ourselves as an independent platform - we were founded, owned, and continue to be operated by individuals in games and related tech industries - and we have been providing this free, inclusive, knowledge-sharing platform for 20 years.
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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 through GDNet+.
In 1998, the founders of GameDev.net originally ran their own game development sites. At the time the web was small, generally segregated, and making the list in the Yahoo directory was a major achievement. The founders started talking about working together and 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 and has continued to grow and evolve as the games 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 as the site admin, 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: