Kirkland’s Studio Wildcard and Xbox’s Gaming For Everyone take home leadership awards

The Washington Interactive Network (WIN) announced the inaugural winners of its leadership awards, and both are from the Eastside.

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Katy Jo Wright. Photo courtesy OneRedmond.

Jesse Rapczak, the cofounder and co-creative director of Studio Wildcard in Kirkland, won Game Executive of the Year. Katy Jo Wright, director of Gaming For Everyone at Xbox, won Game Changer of the Year.

Rapczak and Wright were selected by industry executives and the WIN board of directors.

“These awards present an opportunity to showcase the leaders and difference-makers in Washington’s thriving game and interactive media industry,” said Kristina Hudson, executive director of WIN.

Studio Wildcard generated more than $250 million in gross revenue since the launch of its first game, ARK: Survival Evolved. To date, it has sold more than 10 million units across the platforms Steam, Xbox One, and Play Station 4. It is consistently in the top five games played worldwide on Steam.

Wright started Gaming For Everyone with the sponsorship of Phil Spencer, Bonnie Ross, Shannon Lofitis, and Dave McCarthy. The program applies diversity and inclusion to products and games. It aims to integrate both inclusive thinking and practices into everything that Xbox does.

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Jesse Rapczak. Photo courtesy OneRedmond.

“The desire to play is universal for all human beings, which makes it particularly meaningful to be a part of delivering our mission to enable fun for everyone,” said Wright. “We are really just getting started, so it is exciting to have our momentum be recognized.”

The winners will receive their awards at the 10th annual Power of Play event April 26 in Bellevue.

WIN is a nonprofit organization that focuses on interactive media. Washington state has more than 400 interactive media companies and brings in more than $28 billion in revenue. WIN is partnered with OneRedmond.