What is Colonist? The Team Contributors & Advisors How We Work Details


What is Colonist?

Colonist.io is a web based, free online alternative to the challenging social and strategy based board game Settlers of Catan. You take on the role of a Colonist by building settlements and expanding your territory. Colonist combines extremely simple rules with tremendously deep gameplay. Use strategy, planning, and cunning negotiation to win.

For more info read our 2022 Yearly Summary and watch 2022 Colonist Con.

The Team

Goktug, Colonist Founder

Goktug Yilmaz Canadian Flag


Co-founder, Backend, Marketing

LoL pro player in 2013. Top 1% in more than 10 games but still bad at Colonist. Top 1% on stackoverflow.

Favourite Games: Ultima Online, Age of Empires 2, Factorio

Demiculus, Colonist Founder

Demi Yilmaz Flag of Singapore


Co-founder, Frontend, Product

Mental model enthusiast, top 16 in Catan World Champ 2021.

Favourite Games: Star Kingdoms, Ultima Online, Don't Starve

Meme of Jeff, Colonist Team Member, thinking about Runescape

Jeff d'Eon American Flag


Game Dev, Backend

Love playing archery tag. Yes, it's as fun as it seems.

Favourite Games: Runescape, The Last of Us, Clash of Clans

Custom Colonist icon with sombrero, mustache, and sunglasses

Anonymous European Flag


Quality Assurance, Product

Perfection is lots of little things done well.

Favourite Games: Super Mario World, Grand Theft Auto 2, Sonic the Hedgehog, Worms World Party

Digital drawing of Sam, Colonist Team Member, drinking a beer

Sam Gawaran Philippines Flag


UI/UX Designer

Top 2% at Tetr.io, Craft Beer enthusiast, love games that overwhelm me with choices.

Favourite Games: All Paradox Games, Tetris, Legend of Heroes: Trails series

Oguz, Software Developer

Oguz Ilerle  Flag


Software Developer

Its not legendary unless your friends are there to see it.

Favourite Games: Smite, Rainbow Six: Siege, Detroit: Become Human

Contributors & Advisors

Mayla Granados


Support & Social Media

A film enthusiast, avid gamer, and a curious explorer. Always on the lookout for new and exciting experiences.

Sebastian Wich German Flag


Sound Design & Music Production

Turning ordinary situations into emotional and memorable moments.

Cem Demir Flag of the Netherlands


Tech Advisor - Founder of Venge.io & OnRush

Built and sold web games with millions of players. Loves to talk about game design related subjects.

Kan Yilmaz


Process Advisor - Founder of Haystack YC W21

First code contributor. Developer productivity expert. Clients include Facebook, Microsoft, Stripe, Spotify.

Anonymous Earth Globe


Product Advisor

High up in Colonist leaderboards. I need Colonist mobile in my life.

How We Work

We are a modern day gaming guild whose objective is to "Make multiplayer games players want to play". Growing up we were part of online Clans, Guilds, Alliances in various MMOs & online games. We are now a part of an online Guild called Colonist.

  • We are fully remote
  • We are output-driven and work asynchronously
  • We are a hybrid between a startup and a game company
  • We keep meetings at a minimum and;
  • We have fun and play our game while making it!