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David Braben

aka: D. J. Braben, D. Braben

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David Braben is the founder of independent game development studios Frontier. In his 23 years in the industry, Braben's contributions include early successes like Elite (written in collaboration with Ian Bell), Zarch, Virus, Frontier; more recently extending the RollerCoaster Tycoon series with Chris Sawyer (also a shareholder in Frontier); creating Dog's Life on PS2 and forming a collaborative partnership with the UK animation studio Aardman Animations to bring the characters of Wallace & Gromit to life in videogames, both in their 2003 outing in Project Zoo, and Curse of the Were-Rabbit (Konami). Braben was the director of the fourth game in the Elite Series, Elite: Dangerous which was released in 2014.

On September 5th, 2005, he was awarded the Development Legend Award at the Develop Industry Excellence Awards in Cambridge, UK.

On 11th August 2009 game dialogue company Phonetic Arts announced that Braben had been appointed to the board of directors.

In 2011 Braben created the Raspberry Pi, a small single board computer initially designed for science education in schools.

Braben has been a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering since 2012. In 2015 he was awarded the Pioneer - Game Developers Choice Award (GDCA) and the BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award.

Credited on 43 games

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Deliver Us Mars (2023 on Windows) President & Founder
Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate - Daemonhunters (2022 on Windows) CEO
Far: Changing Tides (2022 on Windows) CEO
Lemnis Gate (2021 on Windows) CEO
Struggling (2020 on Windows) CEO
Planet Zoo (2019 on Windows) CEO and Founder
Jurassic World: Evolution (2018 on Xbox One) CEO and founder
Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection (2017 on Windows Apps) CEO and Founder
Planet Coaster (2016 on Windows) CEO and Founder
Alite (2015 on Android) Special Thanks to
Elite: Dangerous (2015 on Windows) Frontier First Encounter (1995)
ScreamRide (2015 on Xbox One) CEO and Founder
Tales from Deep Space (2014 on Fire OS) CEO and Founder
Zoo Tycoon (2013 on Xbox One) CEO and Founder
Kinect Star Wars (2012 on Xbox 360) Chairman & Founder
Kinect: Disneyland Adventures (2011 on Xbox 360) Chairman
Kinectimals: Now with Bears! (2011 on Xbox 360) Executive Producers
Kinectimals (2010 on Xbox 360) Executive Producer
LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias (2009 on Wii) Chairman
Dark Horizon (2008 on Windows) Thanks to

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