Type of site
|Available in||English, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Italian, Swedish, Russian, Polish, Romanian, Hungarian, Korean, Chinese, Turkish, Hindi and Japanese|
|Founded||30 March 2001|
|Key people||Robert Small: CEO|
|Alexa rank||2,913 (September 2019)|
Miniclip is a free online games website. It was launched in 2001 and is known for having a large and varied collection of games. It is the world's largest privately owned online gaming website. It was started in 2001 by Robert Small and Tihan Presbie (who is no longer with the company) on a budget of £40,000 and quickly grew. As of 2008[update], the company has been valued at over £900 million, having been profitable for six of its first seven years, with turnovers exceeding £20 million from 2006–2008 alone.
In December 2016, Miniclip crossed 1 billion downloads across its mobile games on iOS, Android and Windows devices, with more than 350 million downloads in the past 12 months.
Miniclip also has many mobile games that are available for iOS, Android, Symbian and Windows Phone, such as 8 Ball Pool, Gravity Guy, Bloons Tower Defense (Currently owned by Ninja Kiwi) , Plague Inc., Berry Rush, Agar.io, Diep.io, Mini Militia, among many other app games. Agar.io became a hit sensation, topping the charts of both the app store and google play store for many consecutive months.
Xbox games for Windows 8
In September 2012, Microsoft announced on 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 2012. 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 PS4
Malicious software issues
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 web sites in the past (prior to September, 2005) may be vulnerable.
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". In the same year, another download related to Miniclip installed "High Risk" malware called "Trojan-Downloader.CR64Loader".
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