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April 2021


Markus Schneider

René Rieck

Hauke Gerdes


Munich, Germany




Blankhans was founded in April 2021 by Markus Schneider, Hauke Gerdes, and René Rieck in Munich, Germany. The name Blankhans derives from “Blanker Hans.” It’s primarily used in northern Germany to describe the stormy North Sea. Why did we choose that name if we are in southern Germany (Bavaria)? Because it sounds nice, and we could not find a better name.

We believe in remote work, so we don’t have any physical office. Our team is located around the globe, from Australia to the US.


Markus Schneider

Publishing Director / Managing Director

As Co-Founder of GPortal and zeuz and VP of Plattform and Strategy at Improbable, he supported over 25 game launches, such as Conan Exiles.

Hauke Gerdes

Creative Director

Host of the famous Pen & Paper Shows at RocketBeansTV. Author for TV, Media, and Games with over 15 years of experience.

René Rieck

Executive Producer / Managing Director

A games industry veteran for over 20 years and more than 40 games shipped. Among these are DC Universe Online, PlanetSide 2 or Ragnarök Online.