Balaban holds a BFA, Industrial Design, from the University of Michigan and has over 15 years of game industry experience, specializing in the design and creation of toys and games. He has worked directly with licensed brands that include Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Nickelodeon properties, Disney, and more. Balaban was a Senior Game and Toy Designer for Hasbro Interactive, which was the digital gaming division of Hasbro, one of the largest toy companies in the world. He was the Industrial Design and Game Director for Backbone Entertainment, a leading PC game developer, and managed Design and Business Development for Magellan Interactive, a Vancouver-based independent software developer. Balaban co-founded Gameblend Studios with his business partner Erik Stein. There, he leads Business Development and recently secured rights for the classic movie hit, The Princess Bride.
Balaban's recent projects include games for the Kindle, iOS, Nintendo Wii and DS platforms. He has also worked on a wide range of projects including children's software, smartphone applications, puzzle books, electronic toys, and traditional board and card games. He extends his passion for gaming into charitable causes. He is Development Director at Global Gaming Initiative, a for-profit gaming company that donates 50% of its profits to qualifying charities. He also is developing games for the US National Science Foundation to be used in after school programs, educating children on the relationship between energy production, climate, and water.