Educational gaming platform Fingerprint Digital Inc has launched with $1.4 million in initial funding from investors, including Homefront publisher THQ.
The company, co-founded by LeapFrog Enterprises Nancy MacIntyre and Kevin Wendle and Daniel Klaus of K2MediaLabs, also received funding from K2MediaLabs, THQ, Reed Elsevier Ventures and Suffolk Holdings.
"To succeed in this market, it's critical to offer applications that are educational and fun, provide a way for kids and parents to have a shared experience, and leverage this shared experience to create new revenue opportunities for game developers," said CEO MacIntyre.
"With Fingerprint, we've built the first mobile social learning experience that's sure to make kids and grown ups smile, while opening up compelling business opportunities for developers in this largely untapped market."
Fingerprint will launch its first four applications this autumn, and will also work with third party developers to produce more titles by the end of 2011.
"Fingerprint has a powerful vision to transform the kids' learning and play applications business," said Wendle.
"Nancy has built an all-star team with a proven track record in building successful mobile, education and social gaming companies and the market Fingerprint is targeting is poised for disruption. Fingerprint has an opportunity to stand out as one of the big winners in this massive, untapped space."
THQ has closed several studios this year, including Kaos and its Warrington base.