Aristocrat Gaming appoints Kaminkow as chief innovation officer

Aristocrat Gaming has brought on Joe Kaminkow as chief innovation officer, a new position within the company.


Reporting to Matt Primmer, chief product officer at Aristocrat Gaming, Kaminkow will work with teams across Aristocrat Gaming, Pixel United and Anaxi. He will be responsible for encouraging innovation throughout the whole company, including new gaming products and mobile game genres.

Aristocrat is currently in a period of major transformation. The business has rebranded its online real-money gaming division as Anaxi, as it attempts to grow its capabilities in the online casino space.

This expansion occurred after Playtech stakeholders rejected Aristocrat's attempt to acquire the technology giant, and also included a deal to acquire UK-based igaming content supplier Roxor Gaming.

“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,” Kaminkow said.

Kaminkow initially started at Aristocrat Gaming in 2013 where he was appointed as SVP of game development. Previous to this, he worked at Zynga as chief creative officer, where he created several successful game titles.

Kaminkow holds more than 130 patents and has either produced or contributed game design intellectual property to over 1,500 games throughout multiple markets.

“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,” said Hector Fernandez, CEO of Aristocrat Gaming.

“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,” said Kaminkow.