Joe Kaminkow named as chief innovation officer at Aristocrat Gaming

Joe Kaminkow's past experience as a renowned game designer will have him foster innovation across Aristocrat Gaming, Pixel United, and Anaxi.

  (photo credit: Google Images)
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New Chief Innovation Officer announced for Aristocrat Gaming

On Monday 10th October, Aristocrat Gaming announced that a new position had been created inside the company- that of Chief Innovation Officer. The person filling it is renowned game designer, Joe Kaminkow.

Kaminkow’s main role will be to liaise with all teams at Aristocrat Gaming, Pixel United, and Anaxi. Additionally, he will be in charge of promoting the company’s modernization, which includes novel gaming brands as well as top-tier mobile casino games. Content expert at AustralianCasinoClub, Chloe Wilson voiced her thoughts on this latest update: ‘Reshuffling of management in already well-established companies like Aristocrat Gaming is nothing new. In fact, we’ve had our fair share of dealing with new faces over the years. It’s as exciting as it is interesting because we get to share our thoughts and ideas with people who normally have a different and fresh outlook on things. And that’s always a welcome change!’

When Creativity Champions Innovation

This newly launched position prolongs Kaminkow’s association with Aristrocrat Gaming, which goes back to his initial appointment at Aristocrat Gaming as SVP of Game Development in 2013.

Kaminkow will be reporting to Matt Pimmer, Chief Product Officer of Aristocrat Gaming

With regards to the choice of Kaminkow to fill the position, Aristocrat Gaming CEO, Hector Fernandez said the following:

"We are delighted that someone of Joe's calibre will be working full-time across the company to champion innovation, helping us to further penetrate growth opportunities and develop even more outstanding talent within our business.”

 "As a valued colleague and contributor to our success for almost a decade, Joe's brilliance and creativity are well-known to us at Aristocrat Gaming and across the industry. In this newly dedicated role, we look forward to Joe's focused efforts to help our teams take their product portfolios to the next level."

Kaminkow himself had this to say about his new appointment:

"I am thrilled to expand my commitment to Aristocrat in a dedicated, full-time role, enabling me to devote my creative energies to all areas of the Group's ongoing growth and success.”

"I have been so impressed with the talent and drive of our employees over the past nine years and am excited to help Aristocrat take its next steps forward."

Who is Joe Kaminkow?

Kaminkow previously held the position of Chief Creative Officer at Zynga. There he led the progression of several social games. He has also created several popular game titles. With over 130 patents to his name, related to game design, operations, and networks, his contribution to the game design intellectual property spans around 1500 game markets and layouts.

Kaminkow is also credited with uplifting traditional games belonging to licensed brands, thus, breathing new life into the casino industry. He was initiated into the Pinball Hall of Fame, the American Gaming Association’s Hall of Fame, and the EKG Hall of Fame and has also been dubbed as a ”Top Ten Most Influential Person in Gaming”. Kaminkow was the original creator of some of the industry’s most popular slot games, along with many popular free-to-play, mobile social casino games.

All About Aristocrat Gaming

A subsidiary of Aristocrat Leisure Limited, Aristocrat Gaming has over 6,500 employees. The global games leader has established itself in more than 300 jurisdictions and operates in more than 90 countries. Offering a dynamic mix of products and services, the company is the principal designer, producer, and distributor of Class II Innovations and Class III games for American casinos and nascent markets. The company’s mantra is to spread joy through the power of play. Its core values lie in creativity and technology. Its history is rooted in innovation, which has evolved in the gaming industry over several decades.

Aristocrat Gaming is undergoing a period of major change and has rebranded its real-money gaming department as Anaxi.

This expansion and transformation follow Playtech’s stakeholders’ rejection of Aristocrat’s attempts to acquire it. The failed acquisition also included a deal to acquire Roxor Gaming, a Uk gaming supplier. 

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