The $45 million acquisition — Pluralsight’s fourth in eight months — marks the company’s debut in the market for creative learning.
Digital-Tutors is an e-learning platform that provides training for individuals, universities and businesses, including Pixar, DreamWorks, Rockstar Games and Electronic Arts. With creative courses ranging from motion graphics to 3D animation to visualization to digital painting, the company provides expert-level training for professionals in the movie, game, AEC and product design, and digital art spaces.
Since its founding in 2000, Digital-Tutors has kept at the forefront of creative technology by forming partnerships with leading software and hardware providers, including Autodesk, Wacom, Maxon, The Foundry and Pixologic.
Digital-Tutors’ more than 1,500 creative skills courses will double Pluralsight’s existing catalog of nearly 1,500 developer and IT-oriented courses, forming the world’s largest curated e-learning library for professionals, academic institutions, and businesses of all sizes.
Effective immediately, active customers of both platforms will be able to access the two e-libraries at no additional cost. Digital-Tutors’ 30 employees will join the Pluralsight team to form the backbone of the company’s new creative content engine. Digital-Tutors’ premier network of creative skills instructors, who have worked on blockbuster films, top games and award-winning projects, are expected to join Pluralsight’s network of 330 expert authors.
Founded in 2004 as a classroom-based training company, Pluralsight moved online in 2008 and grew organically before taking $27.5 million in Series A funding from Insight Venture Partners in December 2012. Since then, Pluralsight has grown its already profitable business into one of the world’s largest professional training platforms.