Steve Velte is a game developer. No, not those kinds of games – the interpersonal , face to face, game board on the table kind of game. And he was honored at the recent Chicago Toy & Game Fair with a commemorative card in a speciality deck featuring the mostly unknown inventors behind some of the world’s most popular games.
A former electrical engineer with Hewlett-Packard, Velte founded his North Tampa company, RSV Production, 20 years ago, where its first product, plastic cactus cowboy car antenna decorations. Sounds humble enough – but he’s sold more than 20 million of those little cactus cowboy dudes in the last two decades.
Today, Velte holds seven patents, including one for a magnet based game called Jishaku , which was named one of the top 10 games of 2009 by the Chicago Tribune that year, and was named Game of the Year by Learning Express.
You can learn more about Steve Velte in this recent Tampa Tribune article.