Miniclip

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Miniclip.com Inc.
Miniclip.png
Miniclip screenshot.png
Screenshot of the Miniclip homepage as of August 2010
Foundation date2001
HeadquartersNeuchâtel, Switzerland
Key peopleRobert Small: CEO
Tihan Presbie: President
Slogan(s)"Play Games"
(Former slogans: "Play Online Games", "Play Free Online Games", "Free Games and Shows")
Websitewww.miniclip.com
Alexa ranknegative increase 546 (February 2012)[1]
Type of siteOnline games
RegistrationOptional
Available inEnglish, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Italian, Polish, Hindi, Romanian, Hungarian, Korean, Chinese, Turkish, and Japanese
Current statusActive
 
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Miniclip.com Inc.
Miniclip.png
Miniclip screenshot.png
Screenshot of the Miniclip homepage as of August 2010
Foundation date2001
HeadquartersNeuchâtel, Switzerland
Key peopleRobert Small: CEO
Tihan Presbie: President
Slogan(s)"Play Games"
(Former slogans: "Play Online Games", "Play Free Online Games", "Free Games and Shows")
Websitewww.miniclip.com
Alexa ranknegative increase 546 (February 2012)[1]
Type of siteOnline games
RegistrationOptional
Available inEnglish, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Italian, Polish, Hindi, Romanian, Hungarian, Korean, Chinese, Turkish, and Japanese
Current statusActive

Miniclip is a mobile and online games company which includes the website Miniclip.com, which 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 on a budget of £40,000[2] and quickly grew. As of 2008, the company has been valued at over £200 million, having been profitable for six of its seven years, with turnovers exceeding £20 million in the past two years alone.[2] As well as publishing exclusive games, the website also provides more widely known titles such as Tanki Online, Goodgame Empire, Clone Wars Adventures, Club Penguin, Free Realms, RuneScape, Webosaurs, Fragger, 8 Ball Pool Multiplayer, iStunt 2, Plague Inc. and Gravity Guy. Plague Inc. and Gravity Guy was Miniclip's most downloaded game apps available on the App Store for iOS and Google Play for Android.

Game players[edit]

Miniclip has a social system with registered "game players" who play games with each other and play in custom friend leagues together. Players have their own game player pages with their games, statistics, awards, friends and applications.

Game developer API's[edit]

Miniclip offers game developers a number of API services that allow them to integrate Miniclip branded features into their games, for example these allow third party developers to create games that can contribute high scores to a user's high score ranking on the Players service.

Nintendo Wii[edit]

In 2009, Miniclip made Nintendo Wii-playable games on their website. It can be accessed through the Wii Internet Channel on the same console installed on the Wii.

Security issues[edit]

Several security firms reported in 2006 that some Miniclip users had installed a "miniclipgameloader.dll" which contains the hostile code identified as "Trojan DownLoader 3069".[3] Removal tools are available. Reports in 2006 from the same security vendors show the same file as not containing hostile code.[citation needed] In 2006, the security firm Sunbelt Software reported that Miniclip installed "High Risk" malware called "Trojan-Downloader.CR64Loader".[4] On September 1, 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.[5]

Mobile games[edit]

Miniclip also has many mobile games that are available for iOS, Android, Symbian and Windows Phone, such as:

Xbox games for Windows 8[edit]

In mid-August 2012, Microsoft announced that Miniclip games will be playable on the Xbox division of Windows 8, which launched on October 26, 2012. Miniclip games that are supported by Xbox for Windows 8 include Gravity Guy, iStunt 2, Fragger, and Monster Island. In April 2013, most of the Miniclip games for Windows 8 and Windows Phone were distributed for free for a limited time.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Miniclip.com - Site Information from Alexa". Retrieved 2011-02-08. 
  2. ^ a b "FT.com - Game Plan Keeps It Simple". 
  3. ^ "Trojan.DownLoader.3069 / MINICLIPGAMELOADER.DLL". Prevx. July 15, 2005. Archived from the original on 2007-02-15. 
  4. ^ "Threat Details - Trojan-Downloader.CR64Loader". Sunbelt Software. September 14, 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-12-16. 
  5. ^ "Vulnerability Note VU#649289, Retro64 / Miniclip CR64Loader ActiveX control buffer overflow". United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team, Department of Homeland Security. 2006-09-01. 

Closure of Sketch Star Announcement on Miniclip Blog

See old versions of http://www.Miniclip.com on http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.miniclip.com

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