Sunday - February 5, 2023


Tony Harman

Tony Harman is a pioneer in the video game industry and has had leadership positions in the industry for over 25 years.  Tony was the Director of Development and Acquisitions for Nintendo from 1989 to 1996, where he help Nintendo dominate the video game industry and was in charge of dozens of #1 industry hits, including creating the concept of Donkey Kong Country, which became the number one selling game of all time when it was released.  Tony’s hit games propelled Nintendo sales to nearly billion annual with over billion in profit.


Tony left Nintendo in 1996, and joined forces with Dave Jones and their first collaborative product was GTA, Grand Theft Auto, which wen on to become the biggest selling franchise of all time.  Tony and Dave went on to focus on online gaming and created Crackdown, the first online collaborative action adventure game and then the critically acclaimed APB, All Points Bulletin, 100 person simultaneous action shooter game, which was the forefather of future 100 person Unreal engine games like PUPG and Fornite.


Most recently Tony founded nWay, which was one of the first companies in the world to bring console quality games to mobile devices and their first game, ChronoBlade, reached #3 in the charts in both S. Korea and China which is an epic achievement for a US based company.


Since leaving Nintendo, Tony has successfully raised nearly 0 million in equity funding and project financing DMA Design (now Rockstar North), Realtime Worlds and nWay.


Director of Development and Acquisition, Nintendo of America – Responsible for the development and launch of all video games published outside of Japan.

President DMA Design – Creator of the hit franchises Grand Theft Auto

President/Founder, Realtime Worlds – Creeator of the hit franchise Crackdown and APB (All Points Bulletin)

President/Founder, nWay – Creator of the hit franchises ChronoBlade and Power Rangers Legacy Wars


Some other franchises Tony worked on:


  • Donkey Kong Country

  • Donkey Kong Country 2

  • Donkey Kong Land

  • Killer Instinct

  • Ken Griffey Jr.’s MLB Baseball

  • Dr. Mario

  • Tetris

  • Play Action Football

  • Super Metroid

  • Earthbound

  • Crackdown

  • APB – All Point Bulletin

  • ChronoBlade

  • Power Rangers Legacy Wars

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