Factsheet

Developer:
Caped Koala Studios
Based in Dublin, London, Poznan

Founding date:
Feburary, 2011

Website:
capedkoala.com

Press / Business contact:
press@capedkoala.com

Social:
twitter.com/poraora
facebook.com/poraora

Releases:
Spellfire
Great Green Hipster Hotel
Leapfrog
PPHQ

Address:
Spectrum House
Dunstable Road
Redbourn
Herts
AL3 7PR

Phone:
+44 77 406 056 48

Description

Caped Koala Studios is an entertainment and technology company making high-quality educational games and apps for children. We are on a mission to add sparkle to the classroom and to provide parents with guilt-free gaming for their children. Because learning is fun.

History

Early History

Caped Koala Studios was founded in 2011 by Neil Gallagher and Conor Murphy - who have five young children between them - with the goal of adding sparkle and fun to learning. To set about achieving this goal, they dreamt up the concept of a virtual learning world filled with fun games, quests, friends and pets. With a small but dedicated team distributed across Dublin, London and Poznan, they set about building Pora Ora and filling it with great games and great educational content. In early 2012, Pora Ora was launched in beta, playable for free in a web browser using Unity 3D. It was soon being enjoyed in schools and at home - where children loved the ability to customise, explore and learn with friends - and was shortlisted for a Times Education Supplement award.

Growth

As more schools and children began using Pora Ora, the studio added more games, worlds and pets (now known as Pora Pals) as well as advanced features such as music and video streaming, real-time tag, and daily puzzles. A teacher portal was also introduced, which allowed teachers to switch on School Mode for their students and to see detailed reports on their progress. By the middle of 2014, Pora Ora beta had 125k+ registered users and was being used in 500+ schools around the world. The London team had by this point set up camp in TechHub on London’s Silicon Roundabout, while the Poznan team had grown to incorporate highly-skilled 2D and 3D artists, to complement the existing team of game and backend developers. They were ready for a new challenge.

Pora Pal HQ and Mobile Apps

In early 2015, Caped Koala Studios released Pora Pal HQ - a repackaged version of the Pora Ora virtual world, now downloadable for PC or Mac. They introduced a one-off purchase price, replacing the premium membership options of the beta world. At the same time, they launched their first multiplayer mobile app for iOS and Android; Pora Ora: Leapfrog. The app was a spin-off the popular game within PPHQ, and featured real-time multiplayer races, built around times tables. The app allowed users to select Pora Pals from their collection and race against friends or other Pora Ora players in real-time. It also allowed them to unlock exclusive Pora Pals, which they could then, in turn, interact with in PPHQ and future Pora Ora games and apps. The teacher portal was also enhanced, to allow teachers to create school and student accounts in bulk, as well as customise app content to suit the ability of their students.

Future

Caped Koala Studios continue to focus on new real-time multiplayer apps, with two new titles expected in Summer 2015 covering spelling and geography. They have also continued to enhance the teacher portal, introducing teacher-to-teacher connections and a teacher-focused newsfeed with up-to-the-minute news, blogs and videos.

Projects


Videos

What Is Pora Ora? YouTube


Images

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Awards & Recognition

  • "Winners at IC Tomorrow Digital Innovation Contest" - London, 2011
  • "Runners Up at GeeknRolla Startup Competition " - London 2011
  • "Telegraph Startup 100 " - UK, 2011
  • "Shortlisted for TES School Awards " - UK, 2011

Team

Neil Gallagher - CEO

Conor Murphy - Chief Product Officer

Krzysztof Żarczyński - Lead Games developer

Agata Majewska - Lead Artist

Adrian Sobieraj - 3D Modeller

Oskar Sculz - Unity Developer

Wojciech Reszke - Unity Developer

Pawel Rozynek - Server Developer

Marek Rutkowski - Lead Animator


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