Miniclip SA is a browser game website that launched in 2001.[1] It was started by Robert Small and Tihan Presbie with a budget of £40,000.[2] As of 2008, the company has been valued at over £275 million.

Miniclip SA
Miniclip.svg
Screenshot
Miniclip Screenshot 2016.png
Screenshot of the Miniclip homepage in June 2016
Type of businessSubsidiary
Type of site
Online games
Available inEnglish, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Italian, Swedish, Russian, Polish, Romanian, Hungarian, Korean, Chinese, Turkish, Hindi, Japanese
Founded30 March 2001
Headquarters,
Switzerland
OwnerTencent (2015–present)
Key peopleRobert Small, President
Jurgen Post, CEO
URLhttps://www.miniclip.com/games/en/
RegistrationOptional
Current statusActive

In 2015, Tencent acquired majority stakes of Miniclip.[3] In December 2016, Miniclip crossed 1 billion downloads across its mobile games on iOS, Android and Windows devices. In March 2022, Miniclip announced that it had reached 4 billion downloads, with 8 Ball Pool alone accounting for 1 billion.[4]

StudiosEdit

List of studios
Name Location Acquired Ref(s).
Masomo Izmir, Turkey 2019 [5]
Eight Pixels Square Derby, United Kingdom 2020 [6]
Gamebasics Zoetermeer, Netherlands 2021 [7]
Green Horse Games Bucharest, Romania 2021 [8]
Supersonic Software Leamington Spa, United Kingdom 2021 [9]

Mobile gamesEdit

Miniclip has many mobile games that are available for iOS, Android, Symbian and Windows Phone, such as 8 Ball Pool, Golf Battle, Gravity Guy, Bloons Tower Defense, Plague Inc. for android, Berry Rush, Agar.io, Diep.io, Mini Militia, Ludo Party, among many other app games.

Xbox games for Windows 8Edit

In September 2012, Microsoft announced on the Windows team blog dated 31 August 2012 (see also List of Xbox games on Windows) that Miniclip games will be able to distribute their games on the Xbox division of Windows 8. Miniclip games that are supported by Xbox for Windows 8 include Gravity Guy, iStunt 2, and Monster Island. Gravity Guy was released on Windows Store on 29 November 2010.

In April 2013, most of the Miniclip games for Windows 8 and Windows Phone were distributed for free for one year.

Xbox One, PC, and PS4Edit

On 14 February 2017, Miniclip released their first game compatible with Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4, called MX Nitro.[10]

Malicious software issuesEdit

On 1 September 2005, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team issued an advisory concerning Miniclip:

The Retro64 / Miniclip CR64 Loader ActiveX control contains a buffer overflow vulnerability. This may allow a remote, unauthenticated attacker to execute an arbitrary code on a vulnerable system. Although the ActiveX control is no longer in use by either retro64.com or miniclip.com, any system that has used certain pages of these websites in the past (prior to September 2005) may be vulnerable.[11]

In 2006, several security firms reported that some Miniclip users had installed a "miniclipgameloader.dll" which contained the hostile code identified as "Trojan DownLoader 3069.”[12] In the same year, another download related to Miniclip installed "High Risk" malware called "Trojan-Downloader.CR64Loader.”[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Weber, Rachel. "From MiniClip to Mega Brand". Game Industry Biz. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Game Plan Keeps It Simple". Archived from the original on 3 June 2009.
  3. ^ "China's Tencent moves into Europe with investment in mobile and online game publisher Miniclip (exclusive)". VentureBeat. 18 February 2015.
  4. ^ Orr, Aaron. "Miniclip exceeds 4 billion downloads". pocketgamer.biz. Retrieved 29 March 2022.
  5. ^ "Miniclip acquires Masomo |". gamesindustry.biz.
  6. ^ "Miniclip acquires Eight Pixels Square |". gamesindustry.biz.
  7. ^ "Miniclip acquires Gamebasics |". gamesindustry.biz.
  8. ^ "Miniclip acquires Green Horse Games |". gamesindustry.biz.
  9. ^ "Miniclip acquires Supersonic Software |". gamesindustry.biz.
  10. ^ "MX Nitro - OUT NOW on PS4, Xbox One & PC - The Miniclip Blog". 14 February 2017.
  11. ^ "Vulnerability Note VU#649289, Retro64 / Miniclip CR64Loader ActiveX control buffer overflow". United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team, Department of Homeland Security. 1 September 2006.
  12. ^ "Trojan.DownLoader.3069 / MINICLIPGAMELOADER.DLL". Prevx. 15 July 2005. Archived from the original on 15 December 2007.
  13. ^ "Threat Details - Trojan-Downloader.CR64Loader". Sunbelt Software. 14 September 2006. Archived from the original on 16 December 2007.

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