PlayShifu Announced That Their Orboot App Is Now Free For Any User

The company has 2 platforms with multiple products, Orboot and Plugo.

PlayShifu, the augmented reality (AR) toy company teaching foundational, STEAM skills through phygital (physical and digital) play, today announced that their Orboot app is now free for any user without purchasing the physical toy.

To support learning at home in the wake of the pandemic, PlayShifu has opened app access to those who haven’t purchased the Orboot globe. Now, anyone can play 4 games for free even without the globe. Shifu Orboot is a specially designed globe powered by AR and works with the companion app. Earlier, one could purchase games inside the app if they didn’t have the Orboot globe, but PlayShifu has now removed the in-app purchases.

The company raised a Series-A round of $7 million funding in July last year and has 2 platforms with multiple products, Orboot and Plugo. Currently, they are seeing a surge of around 30k new registered user in March with April trending higher. They expect a similar trend in May and June. The daily active users on the Orboot app went up by 60 per cent over the last two weeks. As more and more parents are looking for educational games for their kids who are homebound due to COVID-19 outbreak, the company is witnessing around 300 per cent-demand-surge alone in the US where Amazon is delivering certain products.

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