Joe Kaminkow is the preeminent game designer of his generation with an unparalleled portfolio of successful slot machines, pinball machines, video games, novelty games and social games. His products regularly set industry revenue records and he has received countless game design awards and chart topping games.
Kaminkow is a member of the Pinball Hall of Fame and co-founder of Data East / Stern pinball and he was named one of the “Top 10 Most Influential People in the History of Slots” by Strictly Slots magazine. He is a named inventor on 130 patents throughout the fields of game design, operations and networks. Joe has over 1,500 games in the various coin op, slot machine and social game market the he has designed or contributed game design intellectual property.
In addition to his current role as Chief Game Designer of Zynga, he is the founder of Spooky Cool Labs, originator of Hit It Rich and the Wizard of Oz slots and city builder. Kaminkow is also the Senior Vice President of Game Development for Aristocrat Technologies, one of the world’s largest casino game manufacturers.
Prior to Zynga, he served as Vice President of Game Design at IGT and earned the title of “Master Inventor” for his contributions to IGT’s intellectual property portfolio and garnered the prestigious “Inventor of the Year” award for his work with the Wheel of Fortune brand.
Kaminkow has been the Starlight Foundations Man of the Year and also serves on the board of the Cal Ripkin Sr. foundation in Baltimore, Maryland. Kaminkow enjoys traveling the globe with his wife, Benita and between them they have 5 grown children. He is also an Abstract Expressionist artist, and is part of an ownership group of AA Harrisburg Senators farm team of the Washington Nationals. He collects classic cars, including a 1966 Batmobile.