Miniclip, a world leader in market-defining mobile games titles, has announced the expansion of its global operations with the opening of a brand new studio in the Taguspark technology park in Lisbon, Portugal.
Following the start of its operations in 2010, which marked the company’s first step in its shift from web to mobile games, the opening marks Miniclip’s further expansion in Portugal. With a focus on hiring highly skilled talent over the last 11 years, Miniclip has doubled its number of employees in Portugal over the last three years, with the new studio allowing for an even greater expansion. The studio building can accommodate around 350 Miniclippers with the architecture of the building being designed by Openbook, Alphalink’s project management, and a project directed by DST.
Miniclip’s new studio in Taguspark will be one of the first buildings in Portugal to achieve the WELL and LEED certifications, providing Miniclippers with a top-class collaborative space. The studio will be run on 100% electricity from sustainable sources and inclusive filtered water points available every 30 meters from each desk. Moreover, the studio will include a gym, wellness studio, and massage room, and soon, there will be an urban vegetable garden.
Marius Manolache, Chief Operating Officer at Miniclip, said: “In our continued global expansion, we’re delighted to announce the opening of our brand new studio space in Taguspark, Portugal. Miniclip has made a significant investment in the games industry in Portugal since setting up its local operations in 2010 with almost doubling our workforce and these new studios demonstrate our continued growth and commitment to maintaining this investment in the region. We can’t wait to invite all of our Portugal-based Miniclippers to their amazing new home.”
Eduardo Baptista Correia, Chief Executive Officer at Taguspark, said: “The opening of Miniclip’s new Portuguese studio in Taguspark will offer the company a world-leading studio space. The studio design is extremely contemporary and conveys an image of innovation and technology. This is another demonstration of Taguspark – Knowledge City’s position of excellence for hosting the most demanding global technology companies.”
Rodrigo Sampayo, Openbook’s Architect and Partner, said: “The designing and architectural planning of the new Miniclip studio in Taguspark was a challenging project for our team at Openbook. The team worked meticulously with the Miniclip and Taguspark teams on the designing of the studio in order to create unique spaces that reflect the latest workplace trends.”
The opening of the studio in Taguspark demonstrates Miniclip’s development and growth ambitions in Portugal. With the ever-growing nature of the games industry in Portugal, Miniclip continues to display investment in the local area with the mobile games publisher and developer set to hire for both in-studio roles and remote positions.
Miniclip is a global leader in digital games with a mission of ‘unleashing the gamer in everyone. The Company develops, publishes, and distributes highly engaging games to an audience of over 250 million monthly active users across mobile, social and online platforms. They operate in eight countries, with a global workforce of over 900 people across 13 locations.
Founded in 2001, the Company has successfully grown a huge global audience in over 195 countries and across six continents. Miniclip has a unique understanding of the digital games space and has developed a strong portfolio of over 60 high-quality mobile games, extensive worldwide distribution, and an internationally recognised brand name. To date, Miniclip’s digital games, which include the franchises 8 Ball Pool, Golf Battle, Football Strike, Carrom Pool, and Agar.io have generated more than 4 billion downloads. Miniclip has more than 45 million daily active players reaching people across the world in the pursuit of ‘unleashing the gamer in everyone.
In February 2015, Miniclip was excited to receive a large majority investment from Tencent, one of the world’s largest technology companies and the world’s largest games publisher. This new chapter in Miniclip’s history strengthens the Company’s position, with Tencent recognising its achievements to date and future potential.
In the past three years, as part of their ambitious growth plans, Miniclip has been delighted to welcome the teams from Playsport (famous for Motorsport Manager), Yakuto (creators of Darts of Fury), Masomo (home of Head Ball 2), Ilyon (designers of Bubble Shooter), Eight Pixels Square (Sniper Strike) operating as Miniclip Derby, Gamebasics (creators of OSM Online Soccer Manager) now operating as Miniclip Netherlands, Green Horse Games (home of Football Rivals), and most recently Supersonic Software Ltd., trading as Puzzling.com (the team behind the highly successful Puzzle Page and Picture Cross) to the Miniclip Group.
Founded in 1992, Taguspark was the first Technology and Science Park in Portugal and, today, is one of the references in Europe. Located in Oeiras Valley, where around 160 companies, 20 start-ups, an incubator, a university, and a congress centre are located, among other services. Since its beginning, Taguspark has been a role model in innovation in Portugal and a place designed to offer all the required conditions to companies’ workflow. Taguspark stands out through the spirit of community, the modern infra-structures equipped with cutting-edge technology, the ability to build turnkey studios from scratch, and the concerns about the welfare and happiness of those who work and attend the Park, which slogan is, nowadays, on its way to being the most civic park in Europe, that goes through four pillars: the first is behavioural, the second concerns solid waste separation, then comes energy independence and reducing the environmental footprint and, last but not least, is the pillar of dignity in work for all who work in Taguspark.
Simultaneously, it is investing in arts and culture, through cultural initiatives and the development of MAU – Museum of Urban Art.
OPENBOOK is a Portuguese multidisciplinary architecture company born in 2007. It has a team of 44 employees, including architects, designers, and project managers who have a proven track record in residential, tourism and leisure, health equipment, education and sports, shopping centers, logistics complexes, commerce, industry, and urban and corporate projects. The company essentially operates through its Lisbon offices, being involved in projects in Europe, Africa, and South America.