Each year, Indie Speed Run connects aspiring developers with some of the most interesting names in game development.

This Year’s Judging Panel

Each judge will be responsible for selecting one finalist to put forward.

John Romero

Doom, Quake, Wolfenstein 3D

Davey Wreden

The Stanley Parable

James Vaughan

Plague Inc.

Jason Rohrer

Passage, Sleep Is Death, The Castle Doctrine

Lucas Pope

Papers Please

Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw

Zero Punctuation, Hatfall, The Consuming Shadow

Oscar Jilsén

Goat Simulator

Andrew “Redigit” Spinks


Matt Thorson


2.0 Judges (2013)

Peter Molyneux

Fable 1-3, Godus, Curiosity, Black & White



Kim Swift

Portal, Left 4 Dead, Quantum Conundrum

Ron Gilbert

Monkey Island, The Cave

Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw

Zero Punctuation


No More Heroes, Killer7

Trent Oster

BioWare co-founder, Baldur’s Gate

Jason Roher

Passage, Sleep Is Death, The Castle Doctrine

Brian Fargo


Justin Ma


Matthew Davis


Dan Pinchbeck

Dear Ester, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs

Brian Provinciano

Retro City Rampage

Amir Rao


Andrew “Redigit” Spinks


Ian Dallas

Unfinished Swan

Greg Broadmore

Weta, Dr. Grordbort’s

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