Hannes Seifert

Hannes Seifert

Studio Head

IO Interactive

Hannes’s career started in 1987 with his first Commodore 64 game. 1993 he co-founded Rockstar Vienna originally as neo Software, where he served as managing director for production and as executive producer for 14 years. End of 2006 he co-founded Deep Silver Vienna which he left 2010 to join Square Enix at Io-Interactive where he continues his work as studio head and executive producer.

Hannes is currently working on concluding the first season of Hitman for PS4, XB1 and PCs. His previous games include hits such as Hitman: Absolution, Dead Island, the Max Payne and GTA series and Die Völker.

In his 29 years in the industry he worked on dozens of games on platforms ranging from C64 to MMOs, Wii, Xbox One and PS4.

Hannes’ academic and public lectures include talks about studio management, creative leadership, “Hollywood style” and general production models, and careers in the games industry. He lectured in the UK, Canada, Germany, Austria, Spain, and the USA.