My name is Martin Račko and I’ve been a gamer all my life. I was three years old when I played the first PC games – Grand Prix Circuit, Prince of Persia, Tank Wars and F29 Retaliator – on a then powerful Intel 286 with a separate hardware turbo button.

Fast forward to 2014 when I’ve decided to take my gaming one step further by trying out the other side of the coin – game development. Not having any prior coding skills, I’ve downloaded the free version of Game Maker by YOYO Games. And I loved it. The fact that you could turn lines of code into something to interact with got me hooked. This all happened while I was reading “Viper Pilot: A Memoir of Air Combat” by Dan Hampton which had ultimately inspired me to make a SAM launcher action simulator game. Almost three years later, after countless hours of learning by doing, SAM Commander Arena was finally ready to be published.

As a lifelong gamer, I have an abundance of ideas for future games. Mix that with my will and passion for game development and I can assure you that SAM Commander Arena is just the beginning.

Martin Račko
Founder and Managing Director of Caron Studios s.r.o.


Born: 1988 in Bratislava, Slovakia

Education: Business Administration, Finance and Accounting), University of Vienna (check out my master's thesis about how stock markets react to major events in the video games industry here

Occupation: Forensic Investigations and eDiscovery at one of the Big Four accounting firms (yup, that’s what I actually do for a living)

Technical Skills: Game Maker GML, Photoshop, Audacity

Languages: Slovak, English, German, Spanish

Selection of my Favorite Games: Assetto Corsa, GT Legends, GTA series, Half Life series, Il-2 Sturmovik, Interstate 76, Jane’s USAF, Liero, Lock-On (now DCS), Need for Speed Porsche Unleashed, NHL series by EA, Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis, Strike Commander, Total Annihilation, Worms, XIII