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Developer(s)CodeCombat Inc

CodeCombat is an educational video game for learning software programming concepts and languages. Students learn to type coding languages like JavaScript, Python, HTML and CoffeeScript, as well as learning the fundamentals of computer science. CodeCombat has 11 units - three game development units, two web development units, and six computer science units. The first unit, Computer Science 1, is free to all students and teachers. CodeCombat is also recognized by the College Board as an endorsed provider of curriculum and professional development for AP® Computer Science Principles (AP CSP).[1]

CodeCombat works directly with schools and districts, as well as offering self-paced learners a monthly paid subscription that gives access to additional game content.[2] In order to advance through the game's levels, players must prove their knowledge by writing code. It includes both single-player and multi-player components, and is ideally suited for 4th-12th graders.[3] The game was positively reviewed by PC Magazine[4], won the 2017 SIIA CODiE award for Best Creativity Tool for Students,[5] and has been named a top pick for learning by Common Sense Education.[6]

In January 2014, CodeCombat made their software open-source, and released a level editor so that users could create their own game content.[3] In August 2019, CodeCombat released its newest game, Ozaria.[7]


CodeCombat was founded in February, 2013 by George Saines, Scott Erickson, Matt Lott, and Nick Winter, who had previously developed the language-learning application Skritter.[8] The company is based in San Francisco, California and makes two programming games, Ozaria and CodeCombat, for schools and learners.[9]. In 2014, the company received $2 million in seed stage funding from firms such as Y Combinator, Andreessen Horowitz, and Allen & Company.[10][11] In 2019, the company received $6M in Series A funding, led by Hone Capital.[12] It announced a partnership with the Chinese internet company, Netease, on April 18, 2018.[13][14] The company currently employs 29 people.[15]


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  2. ^ "CodeCombat: Learn to Code by Playing a Game". CodeCombat. Retrieved 2019-02-26.
  3. ^ a b Crook, Jordan (March 19, 2014). "YC-Backed CodeCombat Wants You To Learn To Code By Playing Games". TechCrunch. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  4. ^ Minor, Jordan (October 23, 2015). "Code Combat". PC Magazine. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  5. ^ "2017 Winners". Retrieved 2019-02-26.
  6. ^ "Best Coding Tools for Middle School". Common Sense Education. 2015-04-27. Retrieved 2019-02-26.
  7. ^ "Want to learn JavaScript? Venture to 'Ozaria' and save the world". EdScoop. 2019-09-30. Retrieved 2019-10-15.
  8. ^ Verstegen, Paul (February 20, 2014). "Leer programmeren in CodeCombat". ZDNet. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  9. ^ "CodeCombat". CrunchBase. TechCrunch. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  10. ^ "CodeCombat". Crunchbase. Retrieved 2019-02-26.
  11. ^ "CodeCombat Teaches Coding to Kids as Young as Nine". 2016-05-05. Retrieved 2019-08-10.
  12. ^ "CodeCombat Dials Down the Fighting for Its Next Coding Game and Raises $6 Million". EdSurge. 2019-09-28. Retrieved 2019-010-15. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  13. ^ "CodeCombat Launches in China with NetEase". 2018-04-18. Retrieved 2019-02-26.
  14. ^ "CodeCombat Partners with NetEase to Bring its Coding Platform to China | Education Dive". Retrieved 2019-02-26.
  15. ^ "CodeCombat: Learn to Code by Playing a Game". CodeCombat. Retrieved 2019-02-26.

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