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The RetroAchievements project started as a personal project of Scott Davies and in the early days the project had only administrators, achievement creators, and regular users (and it's still like that on the website). At that time administrators were responsible to do things like:

  • keep an eye on the quality of achievements
  • keep an eye if someone is changing other people's achievements (accidentally or intentionally)
  • welcome new achievement creators and show them the information they need to start contributing
  • review the work of new achievement creators
  • get rid of trolls
  • get rid of cheaters
  • avoid legal problems related to piracy
  • sometimes host gaming events
  • besides all those chores, RAdmins also have interest in playing old games, you know...

As the community continues to grow, the amount of work, time, and energy required to keep it running also grows. In order to assure the project thrives, without administrators having burnouts and ragequitting the project, various roles with specific tasks were created.

These roles are not really visible in the website, but they are on discord and here in this page we list the roles and their responsibilities.


Members who have direct access to the webserver.


A group of dedicated and trusted users with varied responsibilities, the heaviest being decision-making regarding the direction of the project and community.


The team responsible to keep the this community a healthy place (at least for those who adhere to the User's Code of Conduct and agree with the RetroAchievements Manifesto).

Quality Assurance Teamlink

The team responsible for the Developer's Code of Conduct compliance.

Tech Teamlink

A bunch of nerdy people who usually deal with the emulators and how they interact with the webserver.

Other Staff Memberslink

Here's a group of people who are responsible for maintaining various other aspects of RA that wasn't listed above.

NOTE: All members listed above are also staff members, but they're not repeated here.

Short Historylink

The RetroAchievements project was created by Scott Davies in 2012. He hacked some open source emulators to add the RetroAchievements feature and coded all the backend/website mostly alone.

By January 2014, there were 4 RA emulators, over 5000 achievements to earn (thanks to the devotion of many passionate achievement developers) and over 1000 players registered. After a couple of years Scott was called by the real life the website development went into a period of hiatus with just a few sporadic improvements (the achievement developers were continually working on more and more games, though).

In late 2015 leiradel started to work to integrate the RetroAchievements feature into RetroArch. And, as RetroArch is able to run on a wide variety of platforms (such as Mac and Linux) and devices (such as Android phones and Raspberry pi), it helped a lot to increase the popularity of the RetroAchievements project.

As the site slowly grew, so did the bandwidth costs, so in late 2016, Scott reached out to the community and they suggested doing a Patreon to keep the site going. After implementing it, the community response was fantastic, which allowed the site to continue completely ad-free.

Mid 2017 the RetroAchievements Discord server was started and it made communication across the community much easier. Since then, many knowledgeable members (coders, web developers, etc.) joined the scene volunteering to contribute to the project.

Up to this point all the achievement creation knowledge was scattered in several forum posts, making it very tough for a newbie to learn how to create achievements. Then in the late 2017 meleu started the RADocs project and thanks to contributions from many experienced achievement creators it is now a reasonably solid resource of information. Helping dozens of Jr. Developers (and even the experienced ones) to create content for our community.

In the early 2018 Scott opened the source of the back-end/website, which was a turning point in the history of the development of the whole RetroAchievements project (see us at github).

Later in the same year a more concise staff began to take shape and is now an awesome team. These talented guys keep the ball rolling and make it very clear that the RA community is alive and stronger than ever.

In some areas the project may still look like a beta version, but we are continually working hard to make things better.


Last 10 changes on this page:

  • [2021-06-01 09:19] meleu: add missing human being to be listed in the mod team
  • [2021-05-21 11:17] televandalist: Added another human to the belly of the QA beast.
  • [2021-05-19 09:52] televandalist: Add person
  • [2021-05-19 11:15] meleu: add Searo to tech-team
  • [2021-05-19 11:06] meleu: add member
  • [2021-04-30 06:28] meleu: list staff members
  • [2020-08-13 05:01] meleu: delete RA Staff section until someone has patience to keep it up to date
  • [2019-12-16 12:55] meleu: guess who's back
  • [2019-06-24 00:22] Kvon: updated the staff list. Added all the major programmers/integration contributors I recall. I'd like to add more specifics later
  • [2019-06-08 17:54] meleu: remove meleu (for now)