David Jones (video game developer)

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David Jones
David Jones - 2003.jpg
David Jones in 2003
Born October 1965 (age 51)
Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Occupation Video game designer
Known for Lemmings, Grand Theft Auto, Crackdown

David Scott Jones (born October 1965) is a Scottish games programmer and entrepreneur who founded computer game companies DMA Design in 1987 which became Rockstar North in 2002) and Realtime Worlds in 2002.[1] Jones created Lemmings and Grand Theft Auto,[2] which both spawned many successful sequels. He also created the Crackdown franchise for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles, and the open-ended massively multiplayer online game, APB: All Points Bulletin.[3]


David Jones' career started with game Menace which he released in 1988. The game sold 15,000 copies and Jones went on to make a second game, Blood Money. With his company DMA Design, Jones created Lemmings, resulting in awards including winning European Game of the Year twice.[4] DMA Design went on to create Grand Theft Auto. In 2012 Jones revealed that much of the controversy surrounding Grand Theft Auto was engineered by their publicist.[5]

In 2002 Jones founded Realtime Worlds who developed Crackdown and APB: All Points Bulletin.[6]

Jones was the keynote speaker for the World Cyber Games in 2004 where he said that he considered mainstream multiplatform gaming to be the next big thing,[7] and for the 2009 Develop Conference in Brighton.[8]

In 2012 David Jones started work on ChronoBlade, a Facebook action-RPG game, with Stieg Hedlund as part of San Francisco-based development team nWay.[9]

In 2012 he co-founded Cloudgine, a games development company focusing on cloud computing.[10]



  1. ^ "Interview: The APB ABC Part 1 | Features". Edge Online. Retrieved 2013-01-12. 
  2. ^ "David Jones Returns To APB | News". Edge Online. Retrieved 2013-01-12. 
  3. ^ "News – GTA Creator Gets New Funding". Gamasutra. Retrieved 2013-01-12. 
  4. ^ "Grand Theft Auto V: Games visionary behind Scotland's biggest cultural export". Daily Record. 15 September 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Maxwell, Ben (22 October 2012). "Grand Theft Auto creators detail Max Clifford's engineered controversy". Edge. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  6. ^ Welsh, Oli (12 March 2010). "Realtime Worlds' David Jones". Eurogamer. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "GTA Creator David Jones keynotes World Cyber Games 2004 Conference". Gamespot. 7 October 2004. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  8. ^ Alexander, Jem (19 March 2009). "Develop 2009's speaker lineup partially unveiled". Joystiq. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  9. ^ Lahti, Evan (1 August 2013). "Why the creator of GTA and the lead designer of Diablo II are making a Facebook game together". PC Gamer. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "Our Team". Cloudgine. Retrieved 30 June 2015.