This is a list of independent video game developers, individuals or teams which produce indie games but are not owned by or receive significant financial backing from a video game publisher. Independent developers, which can be single individuals, small groups, or large organizations, retain operational control over their organizations and processes. Some self-publish their own games while others work with publishers.

List of notable developers

Defunct and no longer active
Undetermined status

There are thousands of independent game development studios which either self-publish their titles, or enter into licensing or co-development agreements with publishers. This list is not intended to be exhaustive with respect to developers or their games, and includes only notable developers and their most notable game examples.

Developer City Autonomous area Country Notable games Notes
11 bit studios Warsaw Poland Anomaly
This War of Mine
ACE Team Santiago Santiago Chile Zeno Clash
Rock of Ages
Akupara Games Los Angeles California United States Whispering Willows

The Metronomicon: Slay the Dance Floor

Draw a Stickman: Epic 2

The Darkside Detective (franchise)

Rain World

Manifold Garden


Includes developer and porting credited titles
Alec Holowka Winnipeg Manitoba Canada Crayon Physics Deluxe
I'm O.K – A Murder Simulator
Night in the Woods
Alientrap Saskatoon Saskatchewan Canada Capsized
Amanita Design[1] Brno Czech Republic Samorost series
Ambrosia Software Rochester New York United States Escape Velocity series
Amplitude Studios Paris Île-de-France France Endless Space
Endless Legend
Dungeon of the Endless
AmnesiaGames Santiago de Chile Chile
Ankama Games Roubaix France Dofus Denton Designs
Anna Anthropy Oakland California United States Dys4ia
Mighty Jill Off
Arcane Kids Los Angeles California United States Bubsy 3D: Bubsy Visits the James Turrell Retrospective

Sonic Dreams Collection

Arcen Games Durham North Carolina United States AI War series
A Valley Without Wind series
The Last Federation
Arrowhead Game Studios Stockholm Sweden Magicka


Artix Entertainment Land o' Lakes Florida United States AdventureQuest
AdventureQuest Worlds
Aventurine SA Athens Greece Darkfall Online
Babaroga Chicago Illinois United States Spore Origins
Basilisk Games Indianapolis Indiana United States Eschalon series
The Behemoth[1] San Diego California United States Alien Hominid
Castle Crashers
BattleBlock Theater
Pit People
Benjamin Rivers Toronto Ontario Canada
Big Finish Games Salt Lake City Utah United States Three Cards to Midnight
Blitz Games Studios Warwickshire United Kingdom (England) Powerup Forever
Invincible Tiger: The Legend of Han Tao
Blue Fang Games Waltham Massachusetts United States Zoo Tycoon series
Bohemia Interactive Studio Prague Czech Republic Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis
ArmA: Armed Assault
Take On Mars
Boomzap Entertainment Singapore Singapore
Bubble Gum Interactive Sydney Australia Little Space Heroes
Capybara Games[1][2] Toronto Ontario Canada Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP
Critter Crunch
Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes
Super Time Force
CBE Software Brno Czech Republic J.U.L.I.A.
J.U.L.I.A. Among the Stars
CCP Games Reykjavík Iceland Eve Online
The Chinese Room[2] Brighton United Kingdom (England) Dear Esther
Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs
Everybody's Gone to the Rapture
Choice Provisions Santa Cruz California United States Bit.Trip series Formerly Gaijin Games
Christine Love Toronto Ontario Canada Digital: A Love Story
don't take it personally, babe, it just ain't your story
Analogue: A Hate Story
Christopher Howard Wolf Rocky Point North Carolina United States DragonSpires
I'm O.K – A Murder Simulator''
Cinemax Prague Czech Republic Numen: Contest of Heroes
Gumboy: Crazy Adventures
Coffee Stain Studios Skövde Sweden Goat Simulator
Sanctum series
Colossal Order Tampere Finland Cities: Skylines
Comcept Tokyo and Osaka Japan Mighty No. 9 Founded by Keiji Inafune
Compulsion Games Montreal Quebec Canada Contrast

We Happy Few

Craneballs Studio Ostrava Czech Republic Planet Nomads
Croteam Zagreb Croatia Football Glory
Serious Sam series
The Talos Principle
Crytek Black Sea Sofia Bulgaria Knights of Honor
Formerly Black Sea Studios
Curve Digital London United Kingdom (England) Fluidity series

Stealth Inc. series

Cypronia Michalovce Slovakia State of War Formerly Cypron Studios
Daedalic Entertainment Hamburg Germany Edna & Harvey series
The Whispered World
Deponia series
The Dark Eye series
The Night of the Rabbit
Datcroft Games London England United Kingdom Fragoria
Daniel Benmergui[2] Buenos Aires Argentina Today I Die
I Wish I Were The Moon
Davilex Games[2] Houten Utrecht Netherlands A2 Racer
Dejobaan Games[1] Boston Massachusetts United States AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! – A Reckless Disregard for Gravity
The Wonderful End of the World
Dennaton Games Sweden Hotline Miami
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number
Derek Smart Fort Lauderdale Florida United States Battlecruiser 3000AD
Universal Combat
Derek Yu[2] Pasadena California United States I'm O.K – A Murder Simulator
Spelunky 2
Eternal Daughter
Digital Eel Seattle Washington United States Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space
Strange Adventures In Infinite Space
Digital Happiness Bandung West Java Indonesia Dreadout
Dreadlocks Ltd Prague Czech Republic Rune Legend
DrinkBox Studios Toronto Ontario Canada Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack
Dr. Panda[3] Chengdu China Formerly TribePlay
Edmund McMillen[2] Santa Cruz California United States Gish
Super Meat Boy
The Binding of Isaac
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth
Elixir Studios London England United Kingdom Republic: The Revolution
Evil Genius
Error Loading Media Colorado Springs United States Spooky Street
Eurocom Derby United Kingdom Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy
Batman Begins
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
Vancouver 2010: The Official Videogame of the Winter Olympic Games
GoldenEye 007
Evony, LLC Guangzhou China Evony: Age I
Facepunch Studios Walsall United Kingdom (England) Garry's Mod
Firefly Studios London United Kingdom (England) Stronghold
Stronghold 2
Space Colony
Stronghold 3
Dungeon Hero
Civ City: Rome
Stronghold Kingdoms
Flying Wild Hog Warsaw Poland Hard Reset

Shadow Warrior series

Freebird Games Markham Ontario Canada To the Moon
Frictional Games Helsingborg Sweden Penumbra series
Amnesia: The Dark Descent


Frima Quebec City Quebec Canada Chariot
Zombie Tycoon
Frogwares Kyiv Ukraine Journey to the Center of the Earth
Sherlock Holmes: Secret of the Silver Earring
Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened
Dracula: Origin
Frontier Developments Cambridge United Kingdom (England) Frontier: Elite II
LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias
The Fullbright Company[2] Portland Oregon United States Gone Home
Games Distillery Bratislava Bratislava Region Slovakia Aqua
GarageGames Eugene Oregon United States Marble Blast Ultra
Gogii Games Moncton New Brunswick Canada
Greenheart Games Brisbane Queensland Australia Game Dev Tycoon
Grip Digital Prague Czech Republic Atomic Ninjas
The Solus Project
Guild Software Milwaukee Wisconsin United States Vendetta Online
Haemimont Games Sofia Bulgaria Tropico 3
Tzar: Burden of the Crown
Halfbrick Studios Brisbane Queensland Australia Fruit Ninja

Jetpack Joyride

Hanako Games United Kingdom Cute Knight
Fatal Hearts
Heart Machine Culver City California United States Hyper Light Drifter
Hello Games[1] Guildford England United Kingdom Joe Danger series
No Man's Sky
The Last Campfire
Hexage Mníšek pod Brdy Czech Republic Reaper: Tale of a Pale Swordsman
Hidden Path Entertainment Bellevue Washington United States Defense Grid: The Awakening

Defense Grid 2

Himalaya Studios Chandler Arizona United States Al Emmo and the Lost Dutchman's Mine
Ice-Pick Lodge Moscow Russia Pathologic
The Void
Image & Form Gothenburg Sweden SteamWorld series
Inti Creates Ichikawa, Chiba Japan Mega Man Zero series
Mega Man ZX series
Gal Gun series
Azure Striker Gunvolt series
Blaster Master Zero
Developer and publisher, formed by ex-Capcom staff
Introversion Software United Kingdom Uplink
Subversion (development has stopped temporarily)
Prison Architect
Invictus Games Debrecen Hungary Project Torque
Jagex Cambridge England United Kingdom RuneScape
Ace of Spades
Jason Rohrer[1] Potsdam New York United States Passage
Jonatan "Cactus" Söderström[1] Gothenburg Sweden Clean Asia!
Jph Wacheski Ottawa Ontario Canada
Keen Software House Prague Czech Republic Miner Wars 2081
Space Engineers
Klei Entertainment[1] Vancouver British Columbia Canada Eets
Shank 2
Mark of the Ninja
Don't Starve
Invisible, Inc.
Kloonigames[1] Finland Crayon Physics Deluxe
Kunos Simulazioni Vallelunga Circuit Latium Italy Assetto Corsa
Ferrari Virtual Academy
netKar Pro
Kiro'o Games Yaounde Cameroon Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan
Laminar Research Columbia South Carolina United States X-Plane
Larian Studios Ghent Belgium Divinity: Original Sin

Divinity: Original Sin II

Lazy 8 Studios San Francisco California United States Cogs
BioShock Infinite: Industrial Revolution
Lindsay Grace Washington, DC District of Columbia United States Big Huggin'
Little Green Men Games Zagreb Croatia Starpoint Gemini
Starpoint Gemini 2
Llamasoft United Kingdom Polybius (2017 video game)
Space Giraffe
Gridrunner Revolution
Madfinger Games Brno Czech Republic Shadowgun
Dead Trigger

Dead Trigger 2


Shadowgun Legends

Shadowgun War Games

Mega Cat Studios Pittsburgh Pennsylvania United States Bite the Bullet
Log Jammers
Messhof Los Angeles California United States Nidhogg
MidBoss San Francisco California United States Read Only Memories
Mighty Rabbit Studios Cary North Carolina United States Saturday Morning RPG
Breach & Clear
Breach & Clear: Deadline
Mode 7 Games Brighton East Sussex England Frozen Synapse series
Tokyo 42
Mojang Stockholm Sweden Minecraft
Molleindustria Turin Italy Faith Fighter
Phone Story
Moon Studios Vienna Austria Ori and the Blind Forest
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
NeocoreGames Budapest Hungary The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing
New Star Games United Kingdom New Star Soccer
Nicalis Santa Ana California United States NightSky
Cave Story
1001 Spikes
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth
Nifflas Umeå Sweden Knytt
Knytt Stories
Within a Deep Forest
Nival Interactive Moscow Russia Blitzkrieg
Silent Storm
Number None California United States Braid
The Witness
The Odd Gentlemen[1] California United States The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom
Owlchemy Labs Boston Massachusetts United States Snuggle Truck
Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality
Job Simulator: The 2050 Archives
Parallax Studio Nixa Missouri United States Darkstar: The Interactive Movie
PixelJAM Games United States Dino Run
Polytron Corporation[1] Montreal Canada Fez
Playdead[1] Copenhagen Denmark Limbo
Puppy Games Notting Hill United Kingdom (England) Revenge of the Titans
Droid Assault
Positech Games United Kingdom Democracy
Gratuitous Space Battles
Private Moon Studios Hungary AGON series
Yoomurjak's Ring
Provox Games Zagreb Croatia Space Force: Rogue Universe
Psyonix Studios San Diego California United States Rocket League
Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars
ARC Squadron
Punch Entertainment Palo Alto California United States
Q-Games Kyoto Japan Star Fox Command
PixelJunk series
Rake in Grass Prague Czech Republic Jets 'n' Guns
Larva Mortus
Red Thread Games Oslo Norway Dreamfall Chapters
Renegade Kid Austin Texas United States Mutant Mudds
Daniel Remar Sweden Iji
Relentless Software Brighton United Kingdom Buzz!
Blue Toad Murder Files
Re-Logic Floyds Knobs United States Terraria
Renegade Kid Austin Texas United States Dementium: The Ward
Dementium II
Roll7 London United Kingdom (England) OlliOlli

OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood

Not a Hero

Ronimo Games[1] Utrecht Netherlands de Blob
Swords & Soldiers
Rovio Entertainment Espoo Finland Angry Birds
S2 Games Rohnert Park California United States Savage: The Battle for Newerth
Savage 2: A Tortured Soul
Heroes of Newerth
Saber Interactive Millburn New Jersey United States Will Rock
Sandlot Games Bothell Washington United States Cake Mania
Santa Cruz Games Santa Cruz California United States Tomb Raider: Underworld
Godzilla Unleashed: Double Smash
Schell Games Pittsburgh Pennsylvania United States I Expect You To Die Developer and publisher
Scott Cawthon Salado Texas United States Five Nights at Freddy's series
Semi Secret Software[1] Austin Texas United States Canabalt
Sidhe Wellington New Zealand GripShift
Rugby Challenge series
Rugby League series (2003-2010)
Simogo Malmö Sweden Device 6
Year Walk
Beat Sneak Bandit
Bumpy Road
Silver Creek Entertainment Grants Pass Oregon United States Soltrio Solitaire
Ska Studios Marcy New York United States Survival Crisis Z
The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai
The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile
Charlie Murder
Salt and Sanctuary
Skygoblin Gothenburg Sweden The Journey Down
Soldak Entertainment Dallas Texas United States Depths of Peril
Kivi's Underworld
Din's Curse
Spiderweb Software Seattle Washington United States Exile series
Avernum series
Geneforge series
Splash Damage London United Kingdom (England) Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars
Squad Mexico City Mexico Kerbal Space Program
Stardock Plymouth Michigan United States Galactic Civilizations series
Elemental series
The Political Machine series
Storm Impact Glenview Illinois United States TaskMaker
Studio Pixel Japan Cave Story
Kero Blaster
Studio Thunderhorse Roseville California United States Flynn: Son of Crimson
Subatomic Studios Boston Massachusetts United States Fieldrunners
Supergiant Games San Jose California United States Bastion
SuperVillain Studios Santa Ana California United States Dungeon Siege: Throne of Agony
Order Up!
Tarsier Studios Malmö Sweden Little Nightmares
Tale of Tales Ghent Belgium The Endless Forest
The Graveyard
The Path
TaleWorlds Ankara Turkey Mount&Blade
Mount&Blade: Warband
Mount&Blade: With Fire & Sword
Team Shanghai Alice Ebina Kanagawa Japan Touhou Project
Telltale Games San Rafael California United States Sam & Max episodic series

The Walking Dead series
Tales from the Borderlands
The Wolf Among Us
Game of Thrones

Minecraft: Story Mode

Terry Cavanagh London United Kingdom (England) VVVVV
Super Hexagon
thatgamecompany[1] Los Angeles California United States flOw
Three Rings Design San Francisco California United States Yohoho! Puzzle Pirates
Bang! Howdy
Tiger Style[2] Austin Texas United States Waking Mars
Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor
Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon
tinyBuild Bothell Washington United States No Time to Explain Since 2016 only active as a publisher
Terri Vellmann Brazil Heavy Bullets
Toby Fox Boston Massachusetts United States Undertale
Torpex Games Bellevue Washington United States Schizoid
Tomorrow Corporation United States Little Inferno
World of Goo
Trendy Entertainment Gainesville Florida United States Dungeon Defenders
Tribute Games Montreal Quebec Canada Wizorb
Mercenary Kings
Curses 'N Chaos
Trickster Arts Brno Czech Republic Hero of Many
Twisted Pixel[1] Austin Texas United States The Maw
'Splosion Man
Ms. Splosion Man
Uber Entertainment Kirkland Washington United States Planetary Annihilation
Monday Night Combat
Super Monday Night Combat
Vectorpark Brooklyn New York United States Windosill
Vlambeer[2] Utrecht Netherlands Super Crate Box
Serious Sam: The Random Encounter
Nuclear Throne
VoxelStorm Manchester United Kingdom GolfXTRM
Wadjet Eye Games New York City New York United States The Shivah
Blackwell series
Gemini Rue
WayForward Technologies, Inc. Valencia California United States Shantae series
Contra 4
A Boy and His Blob
Mighty Switch Force series
Double Dragon Neon
DuckTales Remastered
Wolfire Games Berkeley California United States Black Shades
Lugaru: The Rabbit's Foot
Xona Games[4] Yarmouth Nova Scotia Canada Score Rush
XMG Studio Toronto Ontario Canada
Yacht Club Games Valencia, California California United States Shovel Knight Founded by former Wayforward director Sean Velasco
Young Horses Chicago Illinois United States Octodad

Octodad: Dadliest Catch


Zachary Barth Seattle Washington United States Infiniminer
Zoetrope Interactive Istanbul Turkey Darkness Within
Darkness Within: The Dark Lineage
Zoink Gothenburg Sweden PlayStation All-Stars Island
The Kore Gang
Zoonami Cambridge England United Kingdom Zendoku
Bonsai Barber
ZootFly Ljubljana Slovenia First Battalion
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See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Webster, Andrew (June 23, 2012). "26 indie game developers you need to follow". GamesRadar. Future plc. Retrieved August 8, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Campbell, Colin (December 18, 2012). "12 Top Indie Developers Talk Games". IGN. j2 Global. Retrieved August 8, 2013.
  3. ^ "TribePlay Rebrands as Dr. Panda in Honor of Children's Game Franchise".
  4. ^ Charla, Chris (February 27, 2014). "New Developers Sign On to ID@Xbox". Xbox Wire. Microsoft. Retrieved July 7, 2014.