Joe Kaminkow joined IGT (International Gaming Technology) as Director of Cool Games in January 1999. Five weeks later, he was promoted to Vice President, Engineering and Design. Prior to coming to IGT, Kaminkow spent 13 years at Sega where he designed more than 75 pinball games, including Harley Davidson, X-Files, Star Wars, Michael Jordan, Jurassic Park, Playboy Titanic, Batman, Baywatch, and South Park. Kaminkow was instrumental in leading IGT to premiere more than 100 new games at the last two World Gaming Congress Expositions. He is responsible for leading the engineering and design efforts on many of IGT's newest games, starting with Video Wheel of Fortune.
Kaminkow hosted a seminar discussing how we can apply the lessons of slot machine design to creative video games that can grab and keep a player's attention.