Clark Stacey

Toymaker, CEO, and Finger Pointed at Moon in Salt Lake City, Utah

Clark Stacey

Toymaker, CEO, and Finger Pointed at Moon in Salt Lake City, Utah

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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 kids. Promoting interactive STEAM learning and wildlife conservation, the Animal Jam game world connects over 150 million animal avatars created by kids, with a new player registering every 1.4 seconds.

Clark was pursuing a career in academia when his passion for technology, storytelling, and blowing things up 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 focused overwhelmingly on blowing things up.

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 triple-A games to kids’ entertainment. The result is what WildWorks calls “fun with substance;” games that entertain children while nurturing their curiosity about science and the natural world.

This is exemplified in Animal Jam, the most popular online playground for kids in the world with over 90 million registered users. The mobile extension of this world, Animal Jam - Play Wild! has been the #1 top grossing iOS app for Kids 9-11 since the beginning of 2016. It have been received numerous awards, including the 2017 Google Play Awards "Best App for Kids" and a Kidscreen Award in 2018 for Best Kids App.

In 2015 Clark co-founded the Utah Digital Entertainment Network (utahden.org), a non-profit trade association 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.

  • Work
    • WildWorks
  • Education
    • University of Utah
    • BSH University