Houghton Mifflin Harcourt buys firm that develops digital games for pre-schoolers

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, a Boston company with a venerable textbook heritage, said it has increased its in-house game development skills by acquired Tribal Nova, a Montréal-based educational technology company focused on developing digital games, products, and services for pre-school children.

Image taken from Tribal Nova’s website.

Financial details of the transaction are not being disclosed.

Tribal Nova operates online learning services for young children in partnership with major media partners in North America including PBS “Kids Play!”

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, or HMH, said the acquisition will increase its capacity to create entertaining online games “based on sound educational principles, innovative design, and adaptive functionality.”

Tribal Nova’s product portfolio includes iLearnWith, a cross curricular, game-based, school readiness program for children aged 3-6 years; iReadWith, a complementary e-book program; as well as KidCore, a multi-platform game-based learning engine that enables the development of personalized educational content based on user profile and game performance, HMH said in its press release.

In a statement, Mary Cullinane, HMH’s chief content officer and executive vice president of corporate affairs, said, “With the acquisition of Tribal Nova, HMH has exciting growth opportunities in the consumer education market and beyond.”

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