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HeadquartersSan Francisco, California
Key people
Nick Winter, Matt Lott, George Saines, Scott Erickson (founders)
ProductsBrowser-based educational video game

CodeCombat is a startup educational gaming company in San Francisco, California.[1] It makes a game-based computer science program that teaches learners Javascript and Python.


CodeCombat was founded in February, 2013 by George Saines, Scott Erickson, and Nick Winter, who had previously developed the language-learning application Skritter.[2] In 2014, the company received seed stage funding from firms such as Y Combinator, Andreessen Horowitz, and Allen & Company.[3] It announced a partnership with the Chinese internet company, Netease, on April 18, 2018.[4][5] It currently employs 24 people.[6]


CodeCombat is a web-based role-playing game where students learn to type programming languages like JavaScript, Python, HTML and CoffeeScript, as well as the fundamentals of computer science. CodeCombat has 11 units, including five game and web development courses and 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).[7]

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.[8] 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.[9] The game was positively reviewed by PC Magazine[10], won the 2017 SIIA CODiE award for Best Creativity Tool for Students,[11] and has been named a top pick for learning by Common Sense Education.[12]

In January 2014, CodeCombat made their software open source, and released a level editor so that users could create their own game content.[9]


  1. ^ "CodeCombat". CrunchBase. TechCrunch. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  2. ^ Verstegen, Paul (February 20, 2014). "Leer programmeren in CodeCombat". ZDNet. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  3. ^ "CodeCombat". Crunchbase. Retrieved 2019-02-26.
  4. ^ "CodeCombat Launches in China with NetEase". 2018-04-18. Retrieved 2019-02-26.
  5. ^ "CodeCombat Partners with NetEase to Bring its Coding Platform to China | Education Dive". Retrieved 2019-02-26.
  6. ^ "CodeCombat: Learn to Code by Playing a Game". CodeCombat. Retrieved 2019-02-26.
  7. ^ "AP Computer Science Principles: Adopt Ready-to-Use Curricula | AP Central – The College Board". AP Central. 2018-06-14. Retrieved 2019-02-26.
  8. ^ "CodeCombat: Learn to Code by Playing a Game". CodeCombat. Retrieved 2019-02-26.
  9. ^ a b Crook, Jordan (March 19, 2014). "YC-Backed CodeCombat Wants You To Learn To Code By Playing Games". TechCrunch. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  10. ^ Minor, Jordan (October 23, 2015). "Code Combat". PC Magazine. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  11. ^ "2017 Winners". Retrieved 2019-02-26.
  12. ^ "Best Coding Tools for Middle School". Common Sense Education. 2015-04-27. Retrieved 2019-02-26.

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