Rumor: JumpStart could be shutdown by Chinese owner after Neopets lawsuit

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According to an anonymous source, edutainment game developer JumpStart Games may be dissolved by Chinese owner NetDragon WebSoft.

It was brought to our attention that the until recently ongoing courtcase Rachel Keiter v. JumpStart games had been dismissed. A filing on May 8 indicates that the case has been voluntarily dismissed by the plaintiff and according to our source NetDragon and Ms. Keiter may be settling out of court.

According to CourtListener, in a May 8 filing there was a “Voluntary Dismissal of a Case (Pursuant to FRCP 41a (1))”. According to Cornell Law School 41a (1) represents a voluntary dismissal by the plaintiff.

The lawsuit was allegedly a result of a data breach last year which affect millions of Neopets accounts. Viacom sold the 90s internet sensation to JumpStart back in 2014.

JumpStart is the developer of classic games like 1994’s JumpStart Kindergarten and most recently JumpStart Academy Coding.

JumpStart Games is also the developer behind the online game School of Dragons based off the Dreamworks film series How to Train Your Dragon which could be affected by a Dreamworks shut down.

A JumpStart shutdown could possibly put hundreds of the employees with the company out of work; even those who didn’t work on Neopets.



A basement-dwelling ogre, Brandon's a fan of indie games and slice of life anime. Has too many games and not enough time.

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