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Fox & Sheep, acquired Bubl

synopsis: Fox & Sheep announced the acquisition of Bubl, a Russian-based studio specializing in creative and innovative apps for kids. Bubl´s apps (Bubl Tap, Bubl Draw and Bubl Gelato) are a series of new-generation educational apps that foster the development of children’s creative talent.
buyer: Fox & Sheep
Fox & Sheep develops and publishes Kids Apps worldwide. They work closely together with book authors and illustrators worldwide to bring to life the best Apps for kids out there and help parents guide their children through the digital world. "
target: Bubl
Bubl is a Russian-based studio specializing in creative and innovative apps for kids. Bubl´s apps (Bubl Tap, Bubl Draw and Bubl Gelato) are a series of new-generation educational apps that foster the development of children’s creative talent.
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closed 8/4/2014 via PR Newswire

LeapFrog, acquired KidZui

synopsis: LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc., the leader in children's educational entertainment, announced that it has acquired KidZui, the leading kid-friendly internet browser. Created in 2006, the KidZui technology offers a kid-safe web experience and currently powers LeapSearch on all LeapFrog Wi-Fi enabled children's tablets.
buyer: LeapFrog (LF:$222.94)
LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. is the leader in educational entertainment for children. For nearly 20 years, LeapFrog has created award-winning learning solutions that combine educational expertise, innovative technology and a child's love for fun. "
target parent: Saban Capital Group
target: KidZui
KidZui is the leading kid-friendly internet browser. Created in 2006, the KidZui technology offers a kid-safe web experience. Once downloaded, KidZui provides kids access to millions of pre-loaded kid-friendly websites, YouTube videos, online games, and pictures.
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closed 10/30/2013 via Publishers Weekly

KiwiTech, acquired Ruckus Media Group, Inc.

synopsis: KiwiTech, a Washington, D.C.-based mobile technology company, has acquired a 75% interest in Ruckus Media, an interactive children’s multimedia app, education and retail platform. Its latest release, the Ruckus app delights children with interactive storybooks featuring favorite brands (Hasbro, Crayola, SeaWorld).
buyer: KiwiTech
At KiwiTech, they use their expertise to help clients create outstanding apps. Using their consultative approach, they provide guidance on features and business models that make sense for businesses and their brand, well before a project is underway. "
target: Ruckus Media Group, Inc.
Ruckus Media Group creates interactive applications for mobile devices designed to entertain and educate children. Its latest release, the Ruckus app delights children with interactive storybooks featuring favorite brands (Hasbro, Crayola, SeaWorld).
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closed 4/26/2017 via BNC Analysis

Scholastic Inc., acquired Ooka Island

synopsis: Ooka Island, a game based reading program, announced that is has been acquired by Scholastic. Ooka Island has 80 hours of educational games and 85 eBooks wrapped in a 24-level adventure that teaches mastery of the five foundational skills to enable children to read confidently.
buyer: Scholastic Inc. (SCHL:$1,679.40)
Scholastic is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, a leading provider of print and digital instructional materials for pre-K to grade 12, and a producer of educational and entertaining children’s media. "
target: Ooka Island
Ooka Island is an adaptive, game-based learn to read program that develops strong early reading skills through 24 levels of educational activities and 85 ebooks. They've combined research and scientifically-proven concepts to teach the five foundational skills needed to become a confident reader.
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closed 12/10/2014 via BusinessWire

Kingdom Games, acquired 4Soils

synopsis: Kingdom Games announced it has closed its acquisition of the assets of 4Soils, a Stanford-based Children’s Bible app producer. 4Soils is well-known for its Biblically-centered digital experiences for children. With this acquisition, Kingdom Games strengthens its mission to provide ethical and moral games to upcoming generations of all ages.
buyer: Kingdom Games
Kingdom Games is the industry leader of thoughtful gaming; the most reliable and trusted source in the market place for games that are family appropriate for all ages. Based on Biblical themes, Kingdom Games products are both entertaining and educational. "
target: 4Soils
4Soils brings Biblically centered digital experiences for children on mobile devices like iPad and iPhone. All elements of the stories are carefully and faithfully written to accurately reflect the facts in the Bible and includes interactive games, coloring, and songs.
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closed 7/27/2016 via Company Press Release

Unique Heritage Media, acquired Pili Pop Labs

synopsis: Unique Heritage Media announced the acquisition of Pili Pop Labs, a leader in language learning for children on mobile devices. The French start-up Pili Pop Labs has two language learning applications, Pili Pop English and Pili Pop Español, which use a unique voice recognition engine that analyzes the pronunciation of children to help them improve.
buyer: Unique Heritage Media
Unique Heritage Media (UHM) is a media group dedicated to the youth and to their entourage. Its ambition is to enable young people to grow and play while learning and discovering the world. UHM develops fifteen strong brands in the press, book, or digital sector. "
target: Pili Pop Labs
Pili Pop Labs is a Paris-based company specializing in language learning for children. With two apps, Pili Pop English and Pili Pop Español, available on iPhone and iPad, their goal is to help children learn English and Spanish while having fun.
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closed 9/19/2012 via BusinessWire

Saban Brands LLC, acquired Zui

synopsis: Saban Brands announced it has acquired Zui, which provides access to the largest collection of curated, kid-friendly online content. The acquisition strengthens Saban Brands’ position as a leading digital innovator for kids entertainment, and continues to grow the company’s digital capabilities.
buyer parent: Saban Capital Group
buyer: Saban Brands LLC
Formed in 2010 as a subsidiary of Saban Capital Group, Saban Brands was established to acquire and develop a world-class portfolio of properties and capitalize on the company's experience, track record and capabilities in growing and monetizing consumer brands through content, media and marketing. "
target: Zui
Zui provides access to the largest collection of curated, kid-friendly online content. The flagship site, zui.com allows children to access a large library of videos and online games. Zui is also the leading developer of KidZui, an award-winning Internet browser for kids.
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closed 8/11/2015 via BusinessWire

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, acquired MeeGenius, Inc.

synopsis: Global learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) has acquired select eBook and technology assets of MeeGenius, an eBook subscription service for children aged up to eight years old. Available in both iOS and Android, the award winning MeeGenius app and subscription service offer mobile access to hundreds of classic children’s stories.
buyer: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMHC:$1,387.60)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) is a global learning company. As a leading provider of pre-K–12 education content, services, and cutting-edge technology solutions across a variety of media, HMH enables learning in a changing landscape. "
target: MeeGenius, Inc.
MeeGenius is a popular, “any device” children’s library focused on engaging young readers. Every MeeGenius eBook is available with read-along word highlighting, rich illustrations, and optional “read-to-me” narration.
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closed 3/6/2013 via BusinessWire

Toca Boca, acquired Zinc Roe

synopsis: Toca Boca announced that it inked a deal with zinc Roe, a Toronto-based studio specializing in new media for kids, to acquire the award-winning Tickle Tap apps series and the company’s 10-person development team. zinc Roe Founder Jason Krogh will serve as the CEO of the newly named studio, Sago Sago.
buyer parent: Bonnier AB
buyer: Toca Boca
Toca Boca is a play studio that makes digital toys for kids. Toca Boca makes digital toys and games that help stimulate the imagination, and allows parents to play together with their kids. "
target: Zinc Roe
zinc Roe's Tickle Tap apps encourages learning through practice and exploration. Designed for children ages 2-4, the apps include Sound Shaker, a delightful sound toy, and Doodlecast for Kids, an app that records the user's voice as they draw to create short videos.
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closed 2/20/2017 via BNC Analysis

Mixi, Inc., acquired KiDDY

synopsis: Tokyo-based Compath.me, the startup behind family photo service Kiddy has been acquired by Japanese internet company Mixi. KiDDY is a free smartphone app for parents to organize and share photos of their child.
buyer: Mixi, Inc. (TSE:2121:$1,098.60)
Mixi is a Japanese social networking service that allows users to connect with their friends in a convenient way. It enables users to send and receive messages, write in a diary, read and comment on others' diaries, organize and join communities, and invite their friends. "
target: KiDDY
KiDDY is a free smartphone app for parents to organize and share photos of their child. Tokyo-based Compath.me is the startup behind the family photo service.
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closed 4/10/2015 via BNC Analysis

TabTale, acquired Sunstorm Games

synopsis: TabTale, the Israel-based kids’ gaming and educational app publisher has acquired Sunstorm Games, makers of casual gaming apps for kids. Sunstorm's titles usually follow a similar model of assembling cookies, meals, or very simple games. They are a leader in the casual mobile gaming space with over 80 titles and 140 million downloads.
buyer: TabTale
TabTale is a leading, global creator of interactive books, games and educational apps, repeatedly recognized as a Top 10 Games Publisher Worldwide with 500 million downloads and 33 million monthly active users. "
target: Sunstorm Games
Sunstorm Games is a developer of mobile games. With over 80 titles and 140 million downloads, they are a leader in the casual mobile gaming space. They have released popular hits like Gymnastics Events and My School Dance, many of which consistently appear on Apple's Top 10 games in the App Store.
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announced 7/19/2021 via Company Press Release

DreamBox Learning, will acquire Squiggle Park

synopsis: DreamBox Learning, the leading education technology provider that in 2006 pioneered intelligent adaptive learning, will acquire Squiggle Park, a K-2 reading solution designed to help students gain proficiency in early literacy. Squiggle Park is a Halifax-based adaptive web-based learning app that was launched in 2017.
buyer: DreamBox Learning
DreamBox Learning, founded in 2006 in Bellevue, Washington, is the only K-8 digital math program powered by students, built by and for educators. DreamBox dynamically adapts and differentiates in real time based not only on students’ answers, but also on how they solve problems. "
target: Squiggle Park
Squiggle Park, a Halifax-based adaptive web-based learning app, was launched by Eyeread Inc. in 2017 with the goal of helping young children develop reading skills through a literacy platform consisting of small games designed by teachers, researchers, and gamers
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closed 11/19/2021 via gamesindustry.biz

Nordisk Games, acquired Star Stable Entertainment

synopsis: Nordisk Games, the video game division of Danish entertainment company Nordisk Film, has acquired a 57% stake in Star Stable Entertainment, an entertainment company in Sweden that creates immersive experiences for girls. Star Stable are the makers of the popular adventure game Star Stable Online. Their product line also includes music and books.
buyer parent: Egmont Foundation
buyer: Nordisk Games
Nordisk Games is the video game division of Danish entertainment company Nordisk Film. Nordisk Games are minority investors that fund and support Europe's finest game companies. They provide financing to help video game developers create and publish the best games in the world. "
target: Star Stable Entertainment
Star Stable Entertainment is an entertainment company in Sweden. Star Stable creates immersive experiences for girls. They are the makers of the popular adventure game Star Stable Online, the #1 ranked horse game in the world. Their product line also includes music, books, and short-form animations.
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closed 4/27/2020 via BNC Analysis

ShareChat, acquired Memer

synopsis: ShareChat, the fastest growing social network in India, has acquired Memer, a meme discovery and sharing platform in India. Memer offers a mobile app that allows users to find the best memes and share them with their friends. The app also enables users to easily create memes and join like-minded groups to find memes that are relatable to them.
buyer: ShareChat
ShareChat is the fastest growing social network in India. They are building a social platform for the masses of India in their languages and developing a product which delivers a world-class user experience even to the first time internet users of India. "
target: Memer
Memer is a meme discovery and sharing platform in India. Memer offers a mobile app that allows users to find the best memes and share them with their friends. The app also enables users to easily create memes and join like-minded groups to find memes that are relatable to them.
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closed 11/18/2013 via GlobeNewswire

StudentUniverse, acquired WeHostels

synopsis: StudentUniverse, a tech company that provides exclusive discounts, rewards, and experiences for students, faculty and youth, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire WeHostels, a mobile travel agency that allows users to book budget accommodation through its best-in-class mobile applications.
buyer: StudentUniverse
StudentUniverse is a tech company that provides exclusive discounts, rewards, and experiences for students, faculty and youth. StudentUniverse negotiates exclusive airfares from over 65 airline partners globally, discounted rates on hotels and tours all over the world. "
target: WeHostels
WeHostels is an award-winning mobile travel agency for the youth segment. Through its mobile apps travelers can book affordable accommodations (hotels & hostels) in more than 800 cities and discover events (concerts and festivals) around the world.
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announced 7/24/2013 via Market Watch

Safe Communications, Inc., will acquire Onverse

synopsis: KUBOO, Inc., dba Safe Communications, announced that they have signed a Letter of Agreement with Onverse.com, a virtual world geared towards the tween and teen markets. Onverse, LLC offers an online virtual world where users can create avatar and chat in three dimensional environment.
buyer: Safe Communications, Inc.
Safe Communications provides secure email and web texting service free of charge through its kid's site, MouseMail.com. Parents must register their children and pre-approve all contacts. Any unapproved contacts or inappropriate content will be diverted directly to the parent for further action. "
target: Onverse
Onverse is a "freemium" online virtual world full of fun people and cool things to do. It gives users an online profile, a free virtual home, clothing, furniture, tools and points to get it started. Revenue is generated from mini transactions.
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announced 4/24/2013 via BNC Analysis

LX Ventures Inc., will acquire Mobio Identity Systems, Inc.

synopsis: LX Ventures Inc. ("LXV") and Mobio Technologies Inc. announced that LXV has entered into a term sheet to acquire Mobio. Mobio's flagship product, Mobio INsider, is a leading fan-directed content network for social media influencers and their fans.
buyer: LX Ventures Inc. (ITT.V:$0.00)
LX Ventures is a publicly-traded startup technology incubator that launches, acquires and integrates silicon valley style early-stage, high-growth technology companies. "
target: Mobio Identity Systems, Inc.
Mobio Technologies flagship product, Mobio INsider, is a leading fan directed content network and gamification platform that rewards music fans with content they have a hand in creating from the artists they love and connects brands to their desired audiences.
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closed 5/1/2017 via PR Newswire

Spin Master Corp, acquired Marbles

synopsis: Spin Master Corp., a leading global children's entertainment company, announced the acquisition of Marbles, a leader in brain-building and high-quality games, gifts and gadgets for all ages.
buyer: Spin Master Corp (TSX:TOY:$879.41)
Spin Master is a Canadian global toy and entertainment company that has been designing, developing, manufacturing, and marketing consumer products for children around the world since 1994. "
target: Marbles
Marbles is a leader in brain-building and high-quality games, gifts and gadgets for all ages. Marbles has grown into a 40-store retailer, e-commerce, catalog and product business known for its specialized portfolio of games with brain benefits, including the best-selling game Otrio.
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closed 5/18/2018 via BNC Analysis

OrangeGames BV, acquired Sulake Oy

synopsis: OrangeGames, a Dutch digital content company, acquired a majority stake in Sulake, a Finland-based video game development company, from operator Elisa. Sulake is best known for developing Habbo, a social networking service and online community aimed at teenagers, and a game called Hotel Hideaway, a social avatar world on iOS and Android.
buyer: OrangeGames BV
OrangeGames is a Dutch digital content company. OrangeGames is headquartered in Amsterdam and focuses on advertising, producing games and publishing content on web and mobile. Their video game portfolio includes Governor of Poker and the Youdagames Series. "
target parent: Elisa Oyj
target: Sulake Oy
Based in Finland, Sulake Oy is a video game developer. Sulake is best known for developing Habbo, a social networking service and online community aimed at teenagers, and a game called Hotel Hideaway, a social avatar world on iOS and Android.
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closed 11/10/2008 via PR Newswire

Lifetime Entertainment Services, acquired Roiworld.com

synopsis: Lifetime Networks announced a major expansion of its digital division by acquiring Roiworld.com, one of the leading brands in the casual gaming business and the number one dress-up site for teens in Korea.
buyer: Lifetime Entertainment Services
Lifetime Networks, the most powerful media brand targeted to women, is a diverse, multi-media company, committed to offering the highest quality entertainment and informational content that celebrates, entertains and supports women. "
target: Roiworld.com
Roiworld.com, the No. 1 dress-up site for teens in Korea, with plans to assemble the top talent and technology in the game category, launch a new Roiworld.com in the U.S. early next year and create Lifetime Game Studios Korea.
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closed 9/17/2014 via Company Press Release

Fox & Sheep, acquired Bubl

synopsis: Fox & Sheep announced the acquisition of Bubl, a Russian-based studio specializing in creative and innovative apps for kids. Bubl´s apps (Bubl Tap, Bubl Draw and Bubl Gelato) are a series of new-generation educational apps that foster the development of children’s creative talent.
buyer: Fox & Sheep
Fox & Sheep develops and publishes Kids Apps worldwide. They work closely together with book authors and illustrators worldwide to bring to life the best Apps for kids out there and help parents guide their children through the digital world. "
target: Bubl
Bubl is a Russian-based studio specializing in creative and innovative apps for kids. Bubl´s apps (Bubl Tap, Bubl Draw and Bubl Gelato) are a series of new-generation educational apps that foster the development of children’s creative talent.
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closed 9/17/2014 via Company Press Release

Fox & Sheep, acquired Bubl

synopsis: Fox & Sheep announced the acquisition of Bubl, a Russian-based studio specializing in creative and innovative apps for kids. Bubl´s apps (Bubl Tap, Bubl Draw and Bubl Gelato) are a series of new-generation educational apps that foster the development of children’s creative talent.
buyer: Fox & Sheep
Fox & Sheep develops and publishes Kids Apps worldwide. They work closely together with book authors and illustrators worldwide to bring to life the best Apps for kids out there and help parents guide their children through the digital world. "
target: Bubl
Bubl is a Russian-based studio specializing in creative and innovative apps for kids. Bubl´s apps (Bubl Tap, Bubl Draw and Bubl Gelato) are a series of new-generation educational apps that foster the development of children’s creative talent.
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closed 9/17/2014 via Company Press Release

Fox & Sheep, acquired Bubl

synopsis: Fox & Sheep announced the acquisition of Bubl, a Russian-based studio specializing in creative and innovative apps for kids. Bubl´s apps (Bubl Tap, Bubl Draw and Bubl Gelato) are a series of new-generation educational apps that foster the development of children’s creative talent.
buyer: Fox & Sheep
Fox & Sheep develops and publishes Kids Apps worldwide. They work closely together with book authors and illustrators worldwide to bring to life the best Apps for kids out there and help parents guide their children through the digital world. "
target: Bubl
Bubl is a Russian-based studio specializing in creative and innovative apps for kids. Bubl´s apps (Bubl Tap, Bubl Draw and Bubl Gelato) are a series of new-generation educational apps that foster the development of children’s creative talent.
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