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 a civilization and expanding your territory. Colonist combines extremely simple rules with tremendously deep gameplay. Utilize strategy, planning, and cunning negotiation to win.

The Team

Goktug Yilmaz


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

Demi Yilmaz


Co-founder, Frontend, Product

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

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

Jeff d'Eon


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



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

Sam Gawaran


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

Omar Hurani


Full stack

Coffee hobbyist, in love with Flutter.

Favourite Games: Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Apex Legends, The Witcher 3


Alex Coleman Cole


Frontend Dev Contributor

Constantly curious which makes me easily distracted. Taking my coding pastime to a new level with Colonist.

Mayla Granados


Support & Social Media

Loves discovering new things. K-Drama fan.

Ding Wang


Frontend Dev Contributor

Enjoy my work being seen by thousands of players.

Jashin Jashua


Frontend Dev Contributor

We do not stop playing games because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.

Joo Young Cheong


Backend Dev Contributor

Constantly seeking to improve at everything I do.


Cem Demir


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.



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 make our game while playing it!