|Headquarters||Luxembourg City, Luxembourg|
MindGeek (formerly Manwin) is a privately owned, multinational, conglomerate corporation headquartered in Luxembourg City with offices across North America and Europe. Formerly known as Manwin, the company was renamed in 2013, following a buyout from the management team. MindGeek is one of the world’s largest operators of branded, online entertainment including both adult oriented websites, as well as mobile games and celebrity gossip sites.
MindGeek emerged from Manwin. The effort to rebrand Manwin into MindGeek took place in October of 2013. The MindGeek identity was created in order to emphasize the technology through which it provides a portfolio of branded entertainment experiences. The company logo of MindGeek features a brightly lit light bulb.
In October 2013, Fabian Thylmann stepped down from his role as managing partner, stating that he could no longer add significant value to the best of his ability. He sold his stake in the company to Manwin’s top management team.
MindGeek is one of the two leaders in mobile-phone pornography in North America, handling millions of visits each day. According to the company, MindGeek is one of the top five bandwidth consumption companies in the world.
MindGeek owns over 20 pornographic websites; It is the owner of many major pornographic video sharing web 2.0 websites in the now-named 'Pornhub Network' including YouPorn, Pornhub, Tube8, XTube, RedTube, ExtremeTube, GayTube, KeezMovies, SpankWire, and PornIQ, Redtube generates some 1.7 billion visits per month together, and Pornhub.com scores at Alexa Global Rank 79. They also own PornMD, a search engine who sends traffic to the websites owned by ManWin. In addition, they also own other pornographic video sharing websites including beeg, Mofos, MyDirtyHobby, Sextube, and Webcams.
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In March 2010, Manwin bought the Canadian holding company Mansef which owned the websites Brazzers, Mofos, and Pornhub.
In September 2010, Manwin acquired EuroRevenue.
In November 2011 Manwin became an operating partner of Playboy, managing the brand's online and entertainment business Playboy Plus Entertainment, which operates a number of television channels and online services based in the UK and Benelux.
In January 2012 Manwin signed a deal to acquire the assets of the American pornographic movie studio Digital Playground.
A merger notification (with Reality Kings) was filed with the Austrian Federal Competition Authority in April 2012. In September 2012, Manwin completed the acquisition. Company documents show that following the deal in the autumn, Miami-beach based RK Holdings gave a Dublin company, Manwin Content RK, the right to use thousands of its pornography movies.
Manwin filed a lawsuit in California in November 2012 to block a new .xxx domain. It claimed that introducing the new suffix was the first step towards making it mandatory, meaning governments could easily censor by blocking access to all .xxx sites. Manwin announced that it would not allow its content to be used on any sites with the suffix, saying: 'We oppose the .xxx domain and all it stands for. It is our opinion that .xxx domain is an anti-competitive business practice that works a disservice to all companies that do business on the Internet.'
In May 2013, Manwin, owner of one of the largest portfolios of adult-oriented websites, agreed to settle an antitrust lawsuit it brought against ICM Registry over the cost of .xxx web domain names. The settlement will result in discounted wholesale prices of $7.85 a year for .xxx names during May 2013 and at other times in the future. ICM Registry is owned by British former fax-machine mogul Stuart Lawley. The settlement provides that ICM will not pay any money directly to Manwin.
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