Facepunch Studios

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Facepunch Studios
IndustryVideo games
FoundedJune 2004; 18 years ago (2004-06)
FounderGarry Newman
Key people
  • Garry Newman
  • Craig Gwilt
Revenue£77.52 million (2021)[1]
£40.84 million (2021)
£34.20 million (2021)

Facepunch Studios Ltd is a British video game developer and publisher headquartered in Birmingham, England, founded in June 2004 and incorporated on 17 March 2009 by Garry Newman.[2] The company is most known for its sandbox video game Garry's Mod and survival game Rust.[3] Facepunch is currently developing a successor to Garry's Mod titled s&box.[4]


Facepunch Studios was founded by Garry Newman in June 2004 for the forthcoming release of Facewound. Newman and his collaborators intended to use this studio name instead of one of their personal names to appear more professional.[5][6] The name "Facepunch" came from the brainstorming of names for the game Facewound – where something "stupidly macho" was required. Two names were chosen at the end: Facepunch and Facewound. Facewound was used for the game, but Facepunch was deemed "too funny sounding to just leave to die" – and so was used as the name for the company.[7]

In 2004, Garry Newman started the development of Garry's Mod, originally a side project, which eventually took over the Facewound forum as well as most of Newman's time. Facewound was later postponed and cancelled, and Facepunch Studio disbanded. Garry's Mod has become the flagship game of Facepunch Studios, regularly being one of the top played Steam games, having been released near Steam's inception. As of March 2023, the studio has over 50 employees.[8]

Logo used from 2004 to 2020

Garry's Mod[edit]

Garry's Mod started out as a sandbox mode for tinkering in Valve's Source engine. Not truly considered a video game,[9] and more of a playground, the game takes assets from compatible Source engine games like Half-Life 2, Team Fortress 2, Portal, etc., and allows users to pose them with different tools offered by Garry's Mod. As of September 2021, the game has sold over 20 million copies.[10]


Rust is an online multiplayer survival game, based on games such as Trident Survival and Dust / Lost. Rust's inception stemmed from Facepunch's frustration with DayZ's gameplay; inheriting its cruel player versus player model and Minecraft's crafting and building aspects.[11] Rust's grand concept was to develop a game where the players would be able to mold the environment: hunting, scavenging, gathering, and looting for survival; and players themselves impeding or assisting each other's success.[12]

Although the game has been criticised for being too brutal, Facepunch Studios has intimated that an artificial scoreboard, encouraging players to "play nice", would be to the detriment of the game: "There shouldn't be a system hanging around forcing people to be good. It removes a lot of gameplay fun."

Rust sold over 150,000 copies in its first two weeks. Garry's Mod, in comparison, only sold 34,000 in two weeks.[13] By 2017, it had sold over five million.[14] The game officially released out of early access in February 2018.[15] Facepunch stopped selling the Linux version of Rust in July 2018 and had officially dropped support for it by August 2019.[16]

Facepunch paired up with video game studio Double Eleven in 2016 to begin work on a console version of Rust.[17] The developers struggled with performance and optimization of the game due to the difference between PC and console hardware.[18] A pre-order beta test took place between 23 April and 6 May 2021, allowing for players to experience the console version before its expected release on 20 May 2021.[19]

The game has three additional content packs for purchase, the "Instruments Pack", the "Sunburn Pack" and the "Voice Props Pack".[20] The Instruments Pack was released on 5 December 2019, featuring a variety of instruments to play in game. The instruments are compatible with real-life MIDI devices, allowing players to record their music.[21] This was the first paid DLC Facepunch has released for Rust.[22] Released on 9 July 2020, the Sunburn Pack grants access to various cosmetic and building options for players.[23] The Voice Props Pack being released on 1 July 2021, offers a variety of disco-themed items, some sound recording capabilities and dance gestures.[24]


Clatter is a one-on-one turn-based strategy game where players take turns attacking their opponent with battle robots until one side has run out of robots. The game features a wide range of robots to choose from, each with unique attacks, movements, and design.[25] The game released on 10 December 2018.


The logo for Sandbox

Sandbox (stylized as s&box) is an in-development spiritual successor to Garry's Mod. Newman stated Facepunch was working on a Garry's Mod sequel in late 2015 with a focus on virtual reality.[26] It was formally announced in 2017 as being developed on Unreal Engine 4,[27] but development was paused in 2019 and later shifted to Valve's Source 2 engine in March 2020.[28][29][30] The game features user-created gamemodes. A public release was planned for the second half of 2021,[31] with a select group already having received early access to its closed beta.[32] In Sandbox, players can pick from many gamemodes similar to Garry's Mod.[33] The game uses C# as a backend for user-created content.[34]

Games developed[edit]

Year Title Platform(s)
2006 Garry's Mod Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows
2018 Rust macOS, Microsoft Windows
Clatter Microsoft Windows
2019 Chippy Microsoft Windows
2021 Rust PlayStation 4, Xbox One
TBA S&box Microsoft Windows


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  29. ^ Newman, Garry (27 April 2020). "Back Online". s&box. Archived from the original on 27 April 2020. Retrieved 4 February 2021.
  30. ^ "New Engine - News". s&box. Retrieved 25 April 2021.
  31. ^ "s&box". s&box. Retrieved 24 April 2021.
  32. ^ "April 2021 - News". s&box. Retrieved 14 June 2021.
  33. ^ "The road to Dev Preview 2". Facepunch Forum. 17 April 2021. Retrieved 25 April 2021.
  34. ^ "Dev Blog 2 - C# - News". s&box. Retrieved 24 April 2021.

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