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  • 2019

Sessions Info

February 04, 2019 
10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Bayview Ballroom

Clark Stacey

Clark Stacey is the co-founder and CEO of WildWorks, a leading developer of online worlds and free-to-play games for kids. In 2010, WildWorks launched Animal Jam, which has grown to become the world’s largest online social network for children under 13. Incorporating educational content developed through numerous non-profit partnerships, the Animal Jam game world connects over 100 million registered players across six languages worldwide. The mobile version of this game world, Animal Jam - Play Wild! has been the #1 top grossing iOS app for Kids 9-11 in over 50 countries since its launch, and has received App of the Year awards from Google Play and Kidscreen.

WildWorks’ CEO was pursuing a career in academia when his passion for technology, storytelling, and explosions drew him to game development in 1992. He began his career in interactive entertainment with Beyond Games, where he contributed to a decade of successful titles, including Redline, Motor Mayhem, Hot Wheels: Velocity X, and many more -- all of which were themed overwhelmingly around explosions.

Having children of his own sparked an interest in games for kids, and together with co-founders Kris Johnson and Jeff Amis, Clark started WildWorks in 2003 with a commitment to bringing the production values of blockbuster game titles to kids’ entertainment. The result is what WildWorks calls “fun with substance” -- games that entertain while nurturing children’s curiosity about science and the natural world.

In 2015 Clark co-founded the Utah Digital Entertainment Network, a non-profit trade organization connecting digital media entrepreneurs to resources and mentoring, and promoting Utah as an international hub for digital entertainment development.

Clark graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in English Literature and Philosophy, and is evidently doing what one does with those qualifications.