Redesigning IGDB — part 1!

IGDB is getting a shiny new coat of paint!

Take the new IGDB for a spin: has been a labor of love from a small dedicated crew for five good years. What started as a passion project turned into a full-time business venture for us, but with that came its own set of challenges, namely an ancient and complicated code base and an outdated design.

Without further ado, here is it the next IGDB website:

The new redesigned homepage

Why a redesign?

While moving our code base away from Ruby on Rails to our very own and shiny new API.3000, we took the opportunity to revamp the look and feel as well. For a more modern approach, we decided to base the UI on Material Design. Material’s card-based design suited our database perfectly, we could design around specific elements and target very certain user interactions.

We started with getting a feel from within our community, doing an extensive survey via the site, social media, and in-depth discussion directly with users on Discord. Our goals for the redesign were:

  • A better display of information
  • Easier ways to navigate
  • Freshen up the brand
  • New features!
  • Better infrastructure for future implementation

What does this mean for Gamers?

What does this mean for Game devs & Publishers?

The IGDB ‘discover’ homepage as you knew it. Simple, but in need of an overhaul ;)

So what’s new?

Discover Page

Game Card with quick actions

One of the main requests our users had was the ability to perform ‘quick actions’ without having to navigate to game pages. So we implemented a hover bar from any games on the new site. No more opening a ton of tabs! From pretty much anywhere on the site you can now add to lists, rate or write a review with a single click.

more focus on user-generated content: Reviews

User reviews now play an essential part of the new site. We have always been very careful about wanting to be unbiased within the industry, and have made it one of IGDB’s core values to put that power into the hand of the gamers.

more focus on user-generated content: Lists

Lists and custom lists, in particular, have been one of the most requested updates, we therefore decided to push them on the Discover page as well as they help to feature a vast amount of games. We have a full lists feature revamp planned in store for the ‘List Phase’ update, so this is just the tip of the iceberg ;)

Updated news section

With over 50 news source providing daily news we have made it simpler and cleaner to browser through at a glance. Each game now also have their own News tab dedicated to them.

Game pages

A new way of displaying game information

A ton of new updates and tweaks have been done on the game pages, starting with better-organized information which is displayed in a smarter way. It’s ironic that we as a database started running into the issue of having ‘too much information’ (a good problem to have!) so we went back to the drawing board to make it all more accessible and easier to read.

Each page now has its own sub-menu to divide the content:
- Overview: a quick glance at the game itself.
- Media: videos, screenshots, and artworks (Artworks have now been made visible alongside screenshots)
- News: a rundown of all the recent news on that game, taken from over 50 news sources
- Reviews: a collection of all the user reviews for that game
- Credits: a display of both the staff working on the game as well as the voice acting cast.

game ratings at a quick glance!

Game Pages now have a member’s rating overview! It’s been a long requested feature ;)


In upcoming updates, we will expand Search to game companies, lists, game characters and more.

Detailed view for search results

About Page

What’s next?

We’ll be talking and polling our community throughout the design of those phases, if you want to take part you should join our Discord

We’re in this for the long run and are incredibly grateful to our community who has been following us around since the very early days!

If you want to keep track of how IGDB is evolving and share your thoughts and suggestions, Discord is a good place to grab us for a chat! If not feel free to shoot us an email!


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Jerome Richer De Forges

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With the biggest gaming database online, we strive to become the ultimate source for the true gamer. Here you'll find news, updates, announcements, interviews and more, all related the video game industry.