WildWorks Relocates to the Heart of Utah's Tech Center
DRAPER, UT, May 16th, 2018 – WildWorks Inc., the Utah-based game development company behind blockbuster family titles such as Animal Jam and Dash Tag, has completed its relocation to new offices in the heart of the Silicon Slopes tech corridor. Their newly remodeled 30,000 sq ft studio sits atop the Storagecraft building at 380 Data Drive in Draper, and will provide creative work/play development space for up to 150 artists, engineers, game designers, and support staff. The relocation places WildWorks in the center of a burgeoning Wasatch Front tech corridor that includes the facilities of industry giants such as Adobe, eBay, and Domo.
Since its founding in 2003, WildWorks has become a global market leader in children’s digital media, and its mission to provide safe and educational online playgrounds for kids has attracted over 100 million registered users. The company currently employs over 130 people, including 90 employees at its Utah headquarters. The company anticipates the new state of the art workspace in Draper will aid it in growing its Utah-based staff.
The games industry is expected to generate over $125 billion in revenue in 2018, and the growth we’ve witnessed in our segment of this market is astounding,” said Clark Stacey, CEO of WildWorks. “Our ability to keep pace with technology comes down to hiring and retaining the best talent we can find. Fortunately, there’s a wealth of talent right here in Utah, and making cutting-edge games for kids is just about the greatest career a person can wish for. We wanted a workspace that reflects our ethos of “fun with substance,” and I think the new facility has exceeded our expectations.”
It should come as no surprise that Utah produces some of the best game development talent in the world. Utah was named the #1 Best State for Business by Forbes in 2016, and the University of Utah’s Entertainment Arts and Engineering (EAE) program has held a Top 5 ranking in the Princeton Review’s Top Schools for Game Design for nearly a decade. As one of Utah’s oldest video game companies, WildWorks has been helping to grow Utah’s digital entertainment footprint for almost 15 years. In doing so, the studio has built an impressive portfolio of intellectual properties, including the wildly successful Animal Jam.
“Animal Jam is, without a doubt, the best place for kids to go online to play games and make friends,” Stacey said. “While fulfilling the timeless fantasy of becoming their favorite animals, Animal Jam players often don’t realize how much they’re learning about science and nature.”
Animal Jam (and its mobile counterpart Animal Jam: Play Wild!) draws millions of unique players every month. With a core demographic of children aged 9-13, WildWorks has made online safety and supervision its top priority, and the company prides itself on exceeding the federal guidelines for child safety enshrined in laws like the Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA). This simultaneous dedication to fun and safety has brought the company numerous industry accolades, including selection by Google as its 2017 “Best App for Kids” and a 2018 Kidscreen Award.
“The best part of working on games that are constantly developing and evolving is that the studio gets to grow and adapt with the needs of its audience,” Stacey said. “We are extremely excited about the new projects we have in development, and we are delighted to have a new home that will accommodate our growth and evolution as a company.”