Forward Game Studios is a mid-size independent game developer building AAA multi-platform next-gen games.  

Our team has shipped some of the biggest games of all time and we offer the opportunity to work closely with senior game developers in a studio where you are never going to be just another number.  

We value collaboration, culture, personal growth, and a commitment to diversity at Forward Game Studios.  ​


Our Co-Founders

Steve Nix

Chief Executive Officer 

In the 20th year of his "second career" Steve has had the good fortune to help drive major technology shifts in gaming with industry defining partners.  


Prior to Forward Game Studios, Steve was the CEO of Ritual Entertainment, Director at id Software, GM of Digital at GameStop and later co-founder and CEO of mobile gaming analytics and CRM pioneer Yvolver, before its acquisition by AdColony. 

Steve has led teams that shipped titles in some of the best selling video game franchises of all-time including Counter-Strike, DOOM, QUAKE, RAGE and Wolfenstein.   

Steve is a co-founder/active advisor to the Guildhall at SMU and lives in Dallas with his wife and two daughters. He also enjoys home automation hacking, and driving endurance road races in a sketchy old race car. 

Jah Raphael 

Chief Technology Officer

As leader of the technology team, Jah brings over 20 years of industry experience including many years as a Lead Programmer at id Software where he shipped leading titles, including, DOOM RPG, QUAKE LIVE, and RAGE. 

After id Software, Jah co-founded Yvolver and led the development of the best-in-class mobile gaming CRM solution before the company was acquired by AdColony where he continued to serve as VP of Engineering.

With an emphasis on always learning new and interesting things, Jah's wide array of skills allow him to move between frontend, backend and client development with ease.


Jah is a longtime World of Warcraft player and he created Raider.IO, the world's leading ranking site for World of Warcraft players and guilds. He also enjoys audiobooks, tabletop games, D&D, and exploring new coffee shops.

Forward Game Studios, Inc. is the sister company to enterprise VR specialist ForwardXP, Inc.  

4101 McEwen Road, Suite 800

Dallas, TX 75244