Clark Stacey is the co-founder and CEO of Wild Works, a leading developer of online worlds and F2P games for players of all ages. In 2010, Wild Works launched Animal Jam, an online playground for kids who love animals. Incorporating educational content in association with National Geographic, Animal Jam has over 20 million young players worldwide and is growing rapidly. Clark was pursuing a career in academia when his passion for technology and explosions drew him to game development in 1992. He began his career in interactive entertainment with Beyond Games. There, he variously designed or directed a variety of titles—all of which depended heavily on explosions. Together with co-founder Kris Johnson, Clark launched Wild Works (then Smart Bomb Interactive) in 2003 with Series A investment from Signal Peak Ventures. From their studio headquarters in Salt Lake City, Wild Works’s team of around 100 developers is now extending the Animal Jam experience into mobile games and other media, as well as developing new original titles. Their latest, Tunnel Town, is available worldwide via the Apple App Store and Google Play. Clark graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in English Literature and Philosophy.
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