JumpStart Games is the leader in learning-based games for kids. Since 1991, JumpStart Games has set the standard in kids’ educational games by making learning genuinely fun. JumpStart Games produces creative, educational mobile and multiplayer online games under its flagship brands - JumpStart®, Math Blaster® and School of Dragons® - as well as with partners such as DreamWorks Animation. Over its 20-year history JumpStart has remained dedicated to producing high quality learning-based products, earning the trust of millions of teachers, parents, and respected organizations such as Common Sense Media and the National Parenting Center. Formerly owned by Knowledge Holding, Inc., JumpStart Games is now a wholly owned subsidiary of NetDragon, a global leader in building internet communities. JumpStart Games is based in Gardena, California.
The JumpStart® brand is trusted by over 30 million parents and has been the leader of educational software market for over 20 years. This internationally renowned brand expanded into the online gaming market with the launch of JumpStart.com in March 2009. JumpStart.com is a groundbreaking evolution in children’s learning, as it is one of the first learning games delivered in a browser with high-quality 3d graphics and advanced gameplay. The site is a completely safe and secure online environment, where kids can interact, explore, and learn. JumpStart.com has quickly become the epicenter of online gaming for the 3-10 year old demographic, producing a variety of successful educational mobile apps including, JumpStart® Preschool Magic of Learning, JumpStart® Pet Rescue. The brand has also produced casual apps like JumpStart® Punk Punk Blitz.
Math Blaster® is perhaps one of JumpStart’s most beloved brands, being used in homes and classrooms worldwide for over 15 years. Its launch made the brand an online hub for outer space-based multiplayer online gaming, creating a safe and secure online community. This has earned the brand a place within the KidSAFE® Seal Program, designating Math Blaster as kidSAFE® Certified. Membership to MathBlaster.com extends to include JumpStart.com as well, and just as with JumpStart World, the brand makes learning genuinely fun for children of all ages. In previous years, the brand has also released products onto the Nintendo DS (through a partnership with Majesco Entertainment Company), transitioning the brand into an age-appropriate hand-held platform. There are also several successful educational mobile apps available related to the Math Blaster Brand, including Math Blaster® Hyperblast 2 HD, Math Blaster® Space Zapper, and Math Blaster® B-Force Blaster. The brand has also produced the casual app called Monster Mutt Rescue.
School of Dragons® is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) based on DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon (HTTYD) franchise. The game first launched on all web browsers in July 2013 and it then became available on iPad on December 2013, pioneering seamless mobile and online gameplay. This game is one of the first in the educational MMORPG space to provide this type of innovative technology — it allows players to progress in their game either on their mobile device, or on their web browser or Facebook. Just as with JumpStart’s existing online MMO properties, School of Dragons is a completely safe and secure online environment for all users. In School of Dragons, players raise and train their own dragon, interact with characters from the HTTYD franchise, and embark upon endless journeys and educational quests alongside their Viking friends in-game. With interactive clans and a whole 3D, immersive world to explore, School of Dragons is the ultimate HTTYD experience for any fan and gamer.
Neopets® is a virtual pet website where users can personalize their pets as they collect, purchase, and trade highly valuable items – all while taking part in numerous games and activities. Launched in 1999, Neopets® became part of the JumpStart Games family in April 2014, where the brand continues to amass an internationally extensive and loyal following. As with all other JumpStart products, the brand offers its users a completely safe and secure online community. Neopets® is available in many languages – including Spanish, French, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, German, and Dutch. Neopets® strives to add new and exciting activities to its collection of over one hundred games and puzzles, including annual events, tournaments, and plots. The brand has also produced a casual app called Ghoulcatchers.
JumpStart has over 25 years of amazing history, and it didn’t actually start with JumpStart. We were first founded at Davidson & Associates in 1989, where the concept of JumpStart products first began. As we grew from just books, and worksheets we evolved into our own entity within Davidson known as Knowledge Adventure in 1991.
The concept of educational, fun video games was something that had minimal traction back then, and so came our first line of CD-ROM games, known as JumpStart. Through the years we had grade-based CDs, special packages based on topics, and more. Although, that was not the first educational game to launch under the now JumpStart umbrella. Math Blaster was actually first launched in 1983 under Davidson. When Knowledge Adventure was created to be the focal point of all educational gaming in ‘91, Math Blaster was brought underneath that umbrella.
Through a few rounds of acquiring and acquisitions, Knowledge Adventure finally spun off into its own company in 2004. Finally, being our own company sparked a fire of growth, products, and applying new changes to our old ways. Where the transition of moving away from CD-ROMs into the more modern online MMO world was new territory, we created our first - JumpStart World, a 3D MMORPG launched in 2009.
As we saw the success of JumpStart World (now known as World of JumpStart) some of our other big titles followed quickly after, our first Wii game launch in 2010, JumpStart: Pet Rescue. A partnership with DreamWorks Animation® launched World of Madagascar and School of Dragons (the game for the How to Train Your Dragon Franchise) in 2012.
With the rate of product growth, shifts into the mobile space, and our evolving technology we rebranded ourselves from Knowledge Adventure to JumpStart Games in 2012. This pivotal change allowed for us to grow with our brand awareness.
Between the DreamWorks Animation alliance and our rebranding, this paved the way to our acquisition of Neopets in 2014.
And most recently, being acquired by NetDragon July 3rd, 2017.
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