Leslie Scott (game designer)


Leslie Scott (born 1955) is a British board game designer and author,[1] best known as the inventor of the game Jenga, which she launched at the London Toy Fair 1983.

Leslie Scott
Born (1955-12-18) 18 December 1955 (age 66)
OccupationGame designer, author
Known forJenga
Spouse(s)Fritz Vollrath
ChildrenFrederica & Digby

Early life and educationEdit

Born in Tanzania, Scott was raised in East and West Africa, and educated in Uganda, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Ghana and Taunton, England.[2]


Scott is the inventor of the game Jenga, which she launched at the London Toy Fair 1983. She founded Oxford Games Ltd in 1991.[3]

She is a Senior Associate of Pembroke College, Oxford and a founder trustee of The Smithsonian UK Charitable Trust.[4]


She is the recipient of the 2010 Wonder Women of Toys Inventor/Designer Award,[5] and the 2012 Tagie award for Excellence in Game Design.[6]

Private lifeEdit

Scott is married to the Oxford zoologist Professor Fritz Vollrath. They have two children, Frederica and Digby.



  • Jenga
  • Ex Libris, the game of first lines and last words
  • The Great Western Railway Game
  • Anagrams, the game of juggling words
  • Tabula, the Roman game
  • Bookworm, the game of reading and remembering


  • About Jenga, the remarkable business of creating a game that became a household name[7]


  1. ^ "Radio 4 Woman's Hour – The woman who created a game that became a household name". BBC. Archived from the original on 20 November 2009.
  2. ^ Stevens, Interview by Jenny (30 March 2015). "How we made Jenga" – via The Guardian.
  3. ^ Wolfe, Lahle. "Leslie Scott, Inventor of Jenga and Co-Founder of Oxford Games". The Balance Careers.
  4. ^ Smithsonian UK Charitable Trust
  5. ^ "Women Of Distinction". Playthings Magazine
  6. ^ The Toy & Game Inventor Awards
  7. ^ Wall Street Journal