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 2023 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

Anon Ymous 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

Mayla Granados


HR, Operations, Social Media Support

Just like the beach and gems, new learnings and challenges excite me.

Favourite Games: Super Mario, Kirby and the Forgotten Land, COD

Mau, Software Developer

Mauricio Munoz  Flag


Software Developer

I love fast food. Should I be concerned about my health?

Favourite Games: Destiny, Zelda BotW



Software Developer

Trying to build software which people enjoy!

Favourite Games: Chess, Asphalt, FIFA

Rob, Software Engineer

Rob Schwartz American Flag


Frontend, Backend, Product

Each day better than the last. Doesn't lose word games.

Favourite Games: Civ VI, Texas Hold'em, Rocket League

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

Paul Lorenzen


Recruiter, Operations, Research

Enjoys cycling, techno, and connecting with people.

Favourite Games: LOTR Risk, Catan, Wii Golf

Lim Huan


UX/UI Design

Always on the hunt for new adventures, experiences and knowledge! Currently hooked on crocheting and martial arts.

Favourite Games: Runescape, Fall Guys, Overcooked

Akito Oyama Flag of Great Britain


Quality Assurance

I love being competitive! 4 time national Chess champion. Ultimate Frisbee athlete on the weekends.

Favourite Games: Chess, Dragon Quest VIII, Pokemon

Contributors & Advisors

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 OnRush

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

Kan Yilmaz


Process Advisor - Co-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 don't have pointless meetings
  • We have fun and play our game while making it!