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Headquarters San Francisco, California
Key people
George Saines, Scott Erickson, Nick Winter (founders)
Products Browser-based educational video game

CodeCombat is a startup educational gaming company in San Francisco, California.[1] It makes a browser-based video game that teaches players the skills of computer programming.


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 backing from the seed stage venture capital firm Y Combinator. According to CodeCombat, its products are free, and the company plans to make money from recruiting bonuses by referring skilled players to software companies.[3][4] However, CodeCombat has introduced a monthly paid subscription that gives access to additional game content.[5]


The CodeCombat game is a browser-based role-playing game that teaches the programming languages Javascript and Python, as well as the fundamentals of computer science. 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 targeted at a secondary school audience.[4] The game was positively reviewed by PC Magazine, although the reviewer noted that the game content was somewhat similar to a "generic casual browser game" and "mostly unmemorable".[6]

In January 2014, CodeCombat made their software open source, and released a level editor so that users could create their own game content.[4]


  1. ^ "CodeCombat". CrunchBase. TechCrunch. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  2. ^ Verstegen, Paul (February 20, 2014). "Leer programmeren in CodeCombat". ZDNet. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  3. ^ Starr, Michelle (February 19, 2014). "CodeCombat: Learn to code through dungeon crawling". CNET. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  4. ^ a b c Crook, Jordan (March 19, 2014). "YC-Backed CodeCombat Wants You To Learn To Code By Playing Games". TechCrunch. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  5. ^ Powers, Shawn (October 5, 2015). "Non-Linux FOSS: Code Your Way To Victory!". Linux Magazine. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  6. ^ Minor, Jordan (October 23, 2015). "Code Combat". PC Magazine. Retrieved 18 April 2016.

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