Studio Wildcard

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Wildcard Properties, LLC
Studio Wildcard
Industry Video game industry
Founded 2014; 4 years ago (2014)
  • Doug Kennedy
  • Jesse Rapczak
Headquarters Kirkland, Washington, U.S.
Area served
Key people
  • Doug Kennedy
  • Jesse Rapczak

Wildcard Properties, LLC, doing business as Studio Wildcard, is an American video game developer based in Kirkland, Washington. Founded by Jesse Rapczak and Doug Kennedy in 2014, the company is best known for their debut video game, Ark: Survival Evolved.

Games developed[edit]

Year Title Genre(s) Platform(s)
2017 Ark: Survival Evolved Action-adventure, survival Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Ark: Survival of the Fittest

Legal disputes[edit]

In March 2016, Trendy Entertainment filed a lawsuit against Studio Wildcard. Trendy proclaimed that former creative director Jeremy Stieglitz has violated the no-compete clause in his contract by secretly developing Ark in a major capacity.[1] At that time, Ark was at risk from being halted and the game pulled from sale on Steam.

Stieglitz, uncomfortable with where he stood with Trendy, requested that he be released from his contract, or that the company fire a few individuals that made him unhappy. Eventually, an arrangement was made that saw Stieglitz's three-year no compete clause reduced to one, and Stieglitz departed from Trendy.

The lawsuit was eventually settled for US$40 million. Ark ended up staying on Steam.

Ark's official release date out of alpha was initially scheduled for Summer 2016, but because of the lawsuit and multiple other issues, had a delayed release.[2]


  1. ^ Cooper, Dalton. "Game Rant". 
  2. ^ Pan, Alexander (April 2016). "Game Rant". 

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