Indie Profile: Facepunch Studios – Creators of Garry’s Mod


Facepunch Studios is a privately owned independent developer of video games and was founded in 2004. They are based in the UK.

Their games have featured predominately on PC.


Facepunch Studios was founded and created by Gary Newman, Matthew Schwenk, Bryn Shurman and Arthur Lee during the development of Facewound (their first video game). In a questions and answers, Gary Newman, explained that the name Facepunch originated from a brainstorming session for the game Facewound.

“[…] Too funny sounding to just leave and die” – Newman on naming Facepunch Studios.

Facepunch Studios critically acclaimed games are their sandbox titles Garry’s Mod and Rust.

Unplanned, unorganized and ungreedy, this is their company ethos. They believe in encouraging new projects and documenting the development process ‘warts and all’ – for the gaming community.


Here’s a list of games that these guys have created:

  • Facewound
  • Garry’s Mod
  • Rust (Alpha)
  • Chunks

Gary's Mods


You can view videos for each of Facepunch Studio’s titles below:


Gary Newman – Founder of Facepunch Studios, video game developer, father.

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The company doesn’t believe in “tiers of management” in game development. Here’s their team page.

Future Projects

  • Approval
  • Wiseguys
  • Before
  • Beep
  • Space Usurper
  • Sandbox Game
  • Project: Tile
  • Ephyr
  • Cyber Bastards
  • Turretsurvival
  • Farmpunch
  • Moss


Support Facepunch Studios by buying their games from the following places:


Facepunch Forum

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