Two weeks after sending out a notice to its users announcing the platform has to shut down due to unsustainable running costs for the service, Zondle has found an anonymous donor who will support the transition to a paid, subscription-based model.
A survey among Zondle users showed that a majority is willing to pay a modest monthly or yearly fee. Founder Ben Barton said in a blog post that the subscription will be introduced in November at a price of not more than $8 per month / $80 per year with additional discounts for existing users and school districts.
Founded in 2011, Zondle is a game-based learning platform, enabling teachers and students to create their own games around different topics. Zondle claims to have over 1.3 million users in over 100 countries. The startup has raised an undisclosed seed round from Tutor2u and angel investors and raised additional funds via crowdfunding.