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Developer(s)Roblox Corporation
Publisher(s)Roblox Corporation
Director(s)David Baszucki
Erik Cassel[9]
Platform(s)Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, Xbox One, Meta Quest 2, Meta Quest Pro, PlayStation 4
  • Windows
  • September 1, 2006[1][2]
  • iOS
  • December 11, 2012[3]
  • Android
  • July 16, 2014[4]
  • Xbox One
  • November 20, 2015[5]
  • Meta Quest 2, Quest Pro
  • September 2023[6][a]
  • PlayStation 4
  • October 10, 2023[8]
Genre(s)Game creation system, massively multiplayer online
Mode(s)Single-player, multi-player

Roblox (/ˈrblɒks/ ROH-bloks) is an online game platform and game creation system developed by Roblox Corporation that allows users to program and play games created by themselves or other users. Created by David Baszucki and Erik Cassel in 2004 and released in 2006, the platform hosts user-created games of multiple genres coded in the programming language Lua. For most of Roblox's history, it was relatively small, both as a platform and as a company. Roblox began to grow rapidly in the second half of the 2010s, and this growth has been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic.[10][11]

Roblox is free to play, with in-game purchases available through a virtual currency called Robux. As of August 2020, Roblox had over 164 million monthly active users, including more than half of all American children under 16.[12][13] Although Roblox has received generally positive reviews from critics, it has faced criticism for its moderation, microtransactions, and allegations of exploitative practices toward children.

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  11. ^ Morrison, Sherwood (July 12, 2019). "How Roblox avoided the gaming graveyard and grew into a $2.5B company". TechCrunch. Retrieved August 28, 2020.
  12. ^ Browning, Kellen (August 16, 2020). "You May Not Know This Pandemic Winner, but Your Tween Probably Does". The New York Times. Archived from the original on August 16, 2020. Retrieved August 17, 2020.
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