Will Wright

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
Will Wright

Name: William Ralph "Will" Wright

Born: January 20, 1960, Atlanta, Georgia USA

Computer-related contributions

  • American video game designer and co-founder of the game development company Maxis, now part of Electronic Arts.
  • In April 2009, Wright left Electronic Arts to run "Stupid Fun Club", an entertainment think tank in which Wright and EA are principal shareholders.
  • The first computer game Wright designed was Raid on Bungeling Bay in 1984 for the Commodore 64, but it was SimCity that brought him to prominence.
  • In October 2011, Will Wright became a member of the Board of Directors of Linden Lab, the creators of Second Life.

Honors and awards

  • Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences' Hall of Fame (2006).
  • PC Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award (2005).
  • Game Developers Choice Awards (2001).