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Duckie Deck, a Polish startup, offers both free and paid games for parents to enjoy with their young kids – and it just got backing from SATUS, the Polish venture firm (admittedly we are a bit late reporting this announcement as it has recently received approximately 121,000 euros from the fund)
Having already become one of the most popular sites for children’s games in Poland (the site claims that almost half of the families in Poland with children between the ages of 2 and 5 are already users of the service), the company has decided to take the next logical step and take its product global, beginning with a campaign to gain market-share in the United States.
The concept of Duckie Deck is fairly straight-forward. While other puzzles, books, and games geared towards children can be enjoyed by the child alone, Duckie Deck’s service encourages parents to interact with their children and to help them to obtain basic mental capabilities.
Through various games and activities, the company says that children will learn counting, the value of sharing, the importance of recycling, etc. To lend credence to this claim, the company says that the games were developed with input from parents, children, and psychologists.
Inspired by the investor and co-founder Rafal Han’s experiences in raising his own children (and we already know his other work at Polish Ciufcia), Duckie Deck aims to simplify the child-rearing process by simultaneously providing young children with hours of entertainment and by offering them valuable life-skills.
The business model is based on subscription rather than individual app purchasing: over 100 games are offered free through the company’s site, but opting for the monthly subscription (listed at $5 or 3,9 euros) offers hundreds more and allows parents to receive monthly statistics, which will help them to track their child’s progress.
At the moment, Duckie Deck is in the process of having its app for release in the Apple AppStore, but there doesn’t seem to be any word about Android or Windows Phone. According to the company’s CEO, Marek Przystas, the company’s service will be available on a number of platforms, including tablets, smartphones, and Samsung SmartTV.
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