Daniel James (game developer)

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Daniel James
Daniel James - Game Developers Conference 2011 - Day 2 (1).jpg
Daniel James at the Game Developers Conference in 2011
Born 1971 (age 43–44)
London, United Kingdom
Occupation Video game developer
Known for Three Rings Design
Website djames.org

Daniel James (born 1971, London), is a British-Canadian video game developer based in San Francisco. He is a co-founder and CEO of Three Rings Design, the company behind the MMOGs Yohoho! Puzzle Pirates, Bang! Howdy, Whirled and Spiral Knights.


James was born in 1971 in London, the only child of Allan James, a filmmaker [1] who worked on titles such as Out of Africa and Superman, and Hope James, an interior designer and art teacher. James attended Holland Park School and Hammersmith and West London College, and got involved with MUDs early, playing Essex MUD at the age of 12, in 1982. While still at university, he co-founded the Avalon dial-up service in 1990, moving services to the internet in 1994, the same year that he graduated from the University of Leeds, with a degree in Computer Science and Philosophy. In 1995, he founded another company, Sense Internet. In 1998, he moved to the United States to work for Sierra Online, as a designer on Middle-earth Online.

While in the United States, he met Michael Bayne and they founded Three Rings Design to create Puzzle Pirates. It was launched in 2003. It has been followed by Bang Howdy, Whirled, Corpse Craft and Spiral Knights, in partnership with SEGA. In March 2011 Three Rings announced a partnership with the BBC to create an online game based on Doctor Who.

He is a member of the IGDA Online Games SIG, and a frequent speaker or moderator at industry conferences such as , GDC, and the Austin Games Conference.


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