Games can help people relax and even learn. In fact, learning theories such as Entertainment-Education--the principle upon which “Sesame Street” was founded--and Gamification suggest that people retain information more accurately when they are having fun whilst learning. Hence, games can be a more suitable way to educate than by rote or textbooks. Winning Moves USA is a company that offers a large range of games that are suitable for young children and include basic educational elements. Since its founding in 1995, the company has sought out both classic and original games and makes a point to travel to trade shows across the globe showcasing their wares.

In August of 2016, the organization is scheduled to make an appearance at GenCon in Indianapolis.


Winning Moves USA was established by four friends-- Phil Orbanes Sr., Mike Meyers, Alex Randolph, and Tom Kremer--who were all veterans of the games industry. After partnering with toy-giant Hasbro, Winning Moves USA started releasing best-selling classics as well as unique new content. Among their most successful offerings to date are “Pass The Pigs” and “No Stress Chess” which build upon classic game-play elements yet gives them a fun--but simple--spin.

“We like to focus on classic and retro games but there is always a spot for a really cool and fun game that’s original,” explained President Philip C. Orbanes Jr. during a recent interview.


Winning Moves USA shows no sign of slowing down. In 2016 they launched a number of brand-new products onto the market such as the simple-to-learn, yet addictive, “Brainspin”which challenges players of all ages to use their imagination and the highly-visual “Moose Caboose” that is designed specifically for young players.

Like many seemingly age-old schoolyard games--including tag, hide-and-seek and hopscotch--certain board games and card games that are offered by Hasbro, Mattel and other such establishments convey a sense of timelessness. The instant feeling of familiarity associated with classics like “Old Maid,” “Go Fish,” “Battleship,” “Monopoly” and “Candy Land” makes these kinds of game items ideal to share with a new generation of players.

“The best part of my job is when kids experience our games - kids that love their pc’s, their phones, their e-lives - and come out of the experience loving traditional board and card games,” Philip C. Orbanes Jr. declared. “When you see kids discover the social appeal of playing games in person with friends and family, on the tabletop and away from the screen, it is truly awesome.”


In August, Winning Moves USA will be attending GenCon in Indianapolis where they welcome guests to come to their booth and sample some of their games--both new and classic. “We love getting feedback from our customers--it’s a great feeling to know that we helped someone learn how to play chess or master skills like basic math,” Philip C.

Orbanes Jr. stated. “We focus on fun games but we definitely like to include a dash of education, too.”

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