Unknown Worlds is an independent game company in San Francisco, CA (team and office videos). Our goal is simple, but not easy – to unite the world through play.

Previously, we worked on titles such as Titan Quest, Empire Earth, Lair, GRAW 2, Mass Effect, Bioshock Infinite, Firefall & Star Citizen.

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Getting in contact

Almost the entire Unknown Worlds team is available on Twitter. Twitter is a great way to get in touch with any of us: From animators, to co-founders, to company presidents, and more.

See all our accounts on the UWEDev list.

Prefer email? You can also use our media@unknownworlds.com address for influencer, press, and media questions.

Business-y questions, such as those regarding distribution of Unknown Worlds games, may be directed to business@unknownworlds.com.


Please don't contact me for support - it will be ignored. Instead, use the instructions at the top of this page. Most problems can be fixed by following our Subnautica trouble shooting guide.


    Game Director Charlie attended Case Western Reserve University and received a B.S. in Computer Engineering. He worked as a software engineer at IBM, Papyrus, CogniToy and Stainless Steel Studios, on Grand Prix Legends, MindRover and Empire Earth. In May of 2001, he left Stainless Steel to start writing Natural Selection. Charlie has contributed writings to Game Developer Magazine and Game Design Perspectives and spoke at Casuality (2006). He also spoke at the Game Developer’s Conference in 2011 (The 1 Hour Video Game MBA) and 2013 (The Velveteen Marine).

    • Max McGuire

    While still in high school Max worked as the assistant to Dr. Benoit Mandelbrot at IBM Research. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University in 2001 with a B.S. in Mathematics and a double major in Computer Science, Max joined Iron Lore Entertainment (Game Developer Choice Best New Studio) as the first employee. While at Iron Lore Entertainment, Max served as the Lead Engine Programmer and held a key role in developing the technology and tools behind their first two titles, Titan Quest and Titan Quest: Immortal Throne.


    Art Director Cory attended the Massachusetts College of Art, majoring in Illustration. He worked at Stainless Steel Studios as a digital artist for over five years doing 3D modeling, texturing and concept work on Empire Earth, Empires: Dawn of the Modern World and Rise & Fall: Civilizations at War. He then worked as Senior Texture Artist and Concept Art on Lair and several unannounced titles at Factor Five. He and Charlie started working on Natural Selection together in August of 2000 and his artwork has been featured several times in Spectrum and Expose.


    Brian (Alpha) joined the team in late 2009 after graduating from the Art Institute of California San Francisco. Before moving here, he worked as a contract 3D Artist on two published PC titles in Birmingham, Alabama. Initially hired to help with managing the art pipeline, Brian now fills the gap between artists and engine. He has also worked as the editor for several Natural Selection 2 cinematics including the Fade Reveal, Lerk Reveal and Gorge Belly Slide video.

    • Lilly Baker

    Lilly hails from Nihilistic software in Novato, where she was the first point of contact for the studio and handled administrative and managerial aspects for the company. She loves to handle payroll, HR functions, organize wrap parties and generally help to make our office an amazing place to work. Lilly hates sunshine so we’ve found the darkest place of our office to keep a smile on her face. She is the new Keeper of the Onos.

    • Andreas Urwalek

    Andi is a game programmer from Austria. In his earlier days he spent some time at the same gym as Schwarzenegger, but decided instead for a career as a game programmer, in his basement. He worked on Natural Selection 2 at first as a volunteer playtester and soon moved ahead to become a developer. Later he moved on to work on Subnautica and Subnautica: Below Zero.

    • Michael "Olmy" Schouten

    Michael was originally a Natural Selection 1 map contributor. In 2007 he graduated from Glasgow University, and worked as a functionality tester before joining the off-site team in 2010. He was hired as a level designer and has contributed towards several Natural Selection 2 maps. Currently he is developing environments for Subnautica.

    • Oliver "Dux" Hobbs

    Oli joined the offsite team in June 2009 as a mapper for Natural Selection 2. He spends his time complaining, being cynical and drinking tea.

    • Andrew Jones

    Andrew attended Oxford Brookes University and received a BA in Architecture. He contributed to NS1 back in the day, and joined the UWE team in 2009, initially to help maintain the website. He soon moved on to art and level design, and nobody had the heart to tell him to pack it in. When not making or playing games, Andrew’s many hobbies include brick-spotting, desperation and breathing. He lives in London.

    • Colin Knueppel

    He is a nerdy farm kid who turned into an animator / tech. He has worked on Mass Effect 1 cinematics, Bioshock Infinite in-game sequences, most of the Natural Selection 2 rigging and currently animation lead on Subnautica. He enjoys walks in the park and long-shot FPS melee kills.

    • Fox 3D

    Fox3D Entertainment was founded in 1999 year with the immediate focus on computer and video games art production. Studio worked on over 70 AAA titles including best selling “Natural Selection2”, “Halo 4”, “Dragon Age” series and «Killzone» Series and “Batman: Arkham Origins”, among others.  Fox3D CEO and creative director – Den Fox (Denis Lis) started to work with Unknown Worlds Entertainment back to 2008 helping to bring character work of NS2 on to next level. Now working on highly anticipated Subnautica game project from Unknown Worlds Entertainment being responsible for art production. Fox3D has offices in Russia and Lithuania while Headquartering in Tallinn, Estonia.

    • Lukas "AceDude" Nowaczek

    Lukas is another employee with his roots in the community. Since he joined us in October 2012 he works on all kinds of web applications and websites that improve workflow in UWE or serve our players. He also keeps all kinds of servers healthy, and coordinates translation process for our games. He spends most of his free time learning new stuff, playing (too many) games or reading books. After he failed at his journey to find the perfect craft beer, he got into amateur racing.

    • Scott "Obraxis" MacDonald

    Scott hails originally from Carlisle UK, close to the Scottish border. Having worked in Film & TV, he now works in Games remotely from the South Wales, UK. He can be often found frequenting shops late at night in his daily pursuit of yet more coffee, to fuel his typical animator caffeine habit.

    • Sylvain Hel

    Sylvain joined Ubisoft Paris as a 3d environment artist on GRAW 2 before enjoying particles and visual effects on Redsteel 2, Raving Rabbids TV Party and Ghost Recon Future Soldier. Looking for new experiences with indie studios he started to work on Natural Selection 2 late 2011.

    • Brandt Wojak

    Brandt graduated from Madison College, with an associates degree in Animation and Concept development. He joined the offsite team in the summer of 2012 working on animations for Natural Selection 2.

    • Jonas "LumpN" Bötel

    After almost dropping out of university twice to make computer games instead of learning about skolemization and formal verification, Jonas now holds a master’s degree in Computer Science and makes computer games. Hah! Unbeknownst to Charlie Jonas’ career at Unknown Worlds started as a mapper for Natural Selection 1 where he managed to finish one single room. Encouraged by this huge success he ran the fastest NS1 servers in Europe on launch day and still remembers sneaking into the university’s data center to pull this off like it was yesterday. Jonas fixes the bugs, optimizes performance, causes a mess, and wears the “I broke the build” T-shirt with great pride. He enjoys traveling and sometimes does a decent Count von Count impersonation including bats and lightning.

    • Louis Karim

    As soon as he graduated from Engineering school, Louis decided to go down a more artistic path. He started by learning character modelling on his first job, but realized that animation was his true calling soon enough. He attended Animation Mentor, and since graduating has worked as an animator on movies, tv series and commercials, in countries including Singapore, Russia, Lebanon and Bahrain. He is currently an animator and rigger on Subnautica.

    • Vyacheslav "slice3d" Sedovich

    Software Engineer. Prior: Indie developer (Unity Engine), Technical Artist at Unigine, Alien Shooter / Zombie Shooter game series developer at Sigma Team.

    • Scott Thunelius

    Scott is a coder and 3D artist. He’s spent most of his career working on MMORPGs and now happily resides deep in the underwater landscape of Subnautica’s codebase. When not making games he’s playing music and systematically attempting put every BBQ joint to be found in Texas out of business with his insatiable love of brisket.

    • Ted Gill

    President Prior to joining Unknown Worlds, Ted co-founded and served as CTO of Huddler (an online community platform company) until the company’s acquisition by Fandom in May of 2014. He then served as VP of Engineering and Chief Product Officer for Fandom until August of 2018. Ted attended Virginia Tech and received a B.S. in Mathematics.