Meet Broken Rules

Image courtesy of Robert Glashüttner

Broken Rules is a game development studio based in Vienna, Austria. The studio was founded in 2009 by Felix, Jan and Peter. They created the first version of And Yet It Moves during their studies at university and released it as a full game in the same year they founded the company. The founding team grew in 2010 when Clemens and Martin joined.
Together, we developed Chasing Aurora and Secrets of Raetikon.

Our games focus on originality, simplicity, refined game mechanics and rich interactivity. Games are cultural achievements. We seek to make our games new and meaningful experiences.

Since 2014, Broken Rules re-structured to work on external and smaller projects that don't require the full team. We have been porting other games to different plattforms, such as Guacamelee STCE and Blek.

With Josef Wiesner, we co-organize a public game exhibition space called zamSpielen.


Felix {t} is our CEO and a level 80 game design wizard. He's the only team member who has a master title in Game Design. He is mostly responsible for game design and management, but also keeps the vision of the company and embodies our independent spirit the most.


Jack-of-all-trades is an understatement when it comes to Jan {t}. A coder and system designer at heart, Jan acted as the Audio Director for all of our games so far. He keeps our server infrastructure in check while having the most surprising ideas when it comes to game design. As if that wasn't enough, Jan directed the distinct visual style of And Yet It Moves.


Martin {t} handles business development and the marketing side of Broken Rules, as well as being the lead architect of our in-house game editor GinkEd. He is a twitter addict and doctor of computer sciences. He's our chief pragmatist though he has a past as a new media artist. Currently he is working in Denmark at the Culture and Games Group at IT University Copenhagen.


Peter {t} is the technical lead and CFO. Peter loves physics and raw playfulness - in games and in sports. Peter is a ++coder and the king of templates. He's a combines the skills of a builder and an architect of destruction in one person.


Clemens {t|w} is Broken Rules' creative director, art director and lead artist. He gets to wear all these titles mainly because he's the ONLY artist most of the times.. After creating the distinct visuals for Chasing Aurora and Secrets of Raetikon, he has been working with various developers around the globe on titles such as Flywrench, Darknet and 20XX. Together with Josef Wiesner he built a local multiplayer dedicated cabinet and created the game QUADCORE for it.

Alumni & Associates

Peter Houska

Peter, usually referred to as Husky, was our supporting tech engineer. He ported Chasing Aurora to the Wii U and is an all-around top-notch whizz kid when it gets down and dirty with our engine Ginkgo. He is now working with Hello Games on No Man's Sky.

Andrea Schmoll

Andy {t} is a game designer by trade and lead working with us during the development of Chasing Aurora, leading the user tests as well as acting as handling all of our social channels. Right now her adventures take place in Lyon, France, at Arkane Studios. There she's one of the game systems designers, working on a new and exciting project.

Josef Wiesner

Josef {t} has been accompanying Broken Rules since the studio's founding times. He worked as a level designer on And Yet It Moves and Chasing Aurora, acts as the main organiser & curator for zamSpielen and works at the local game culture shop Subotron. He is one of the co-creators of CHESTO - At the Checkout.


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Broken Rules Interactive Media GmbH

Museumsplatz 1, e-5.3
1070 Vienna


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Firmenbuchgericht: Handelsgericht Wien
Kammerzugehörigkeit: Wirtschaftskammer Fachverband für Dienstleistungen aus der Datenverarbeitung und Informationstechnologie

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