RuneScape turns 18 with biggest ever audience


Jagex’s venerable MMO RuneScape has celebrated the 18th anniversary of its launch by reaching a record number of subscribers.

Jagex has announced that, partly as a result of launching Old School RuneScape on mobile, RuneScape in all its variants has passed 1 million subscribers for the first time in its long history. The company detailed a number of milestones passed by RuneScape in 2018: “More than 5million installs of Old School RuneScape on iOS and Android since launch. The RuneScape franchise achieved the highest ever paid membership total in its history over the Christmas period, surpassing previous record set in 2008. Cumulative lifetime revenue for the RuneScape franchise passed $1billion. Monthly active users more than doubled over the year with big gains in the last quarter.”

Jagex CEO Phil Mansell said: “2018 was a fantastic year for our RuneScape games, which have truly come of age. The franchise has been growing consistently for five years, and we’ve seen a surge of further community growth with the move to mobile. Old School RuneScape’s successful mobile launch was made possible by our incredible team who’ve been able to make this classic game play smoothly in a mobile form-factor, and which allows players to enjoy the convenience of completely interoperable PC to mobile cross-play. This achievement showcases our living games philosophy; bringing deeply engaging community experiences to players wherever they are.”

Jagex’s SVP Publishing, John Burns, said: “Our ongoing commitment to delivering bigger and better content begins this week with the first of three significant Old School RuneScape content updates, Kebos Lowlands, we continue to work on developing RuneScape on mobile and a number of other exciting plans are in the works. Coupled with the strides we’re making with Jagex Partners, 2019 looks set to be another great year for the company.”

Jagex added: “Development also continues on internal projects, including the mobile version of RuneScape which will soon join Old School RuneScape on iOS and Android devices. The game is currently in early testing.” For further information, keep an eye on the RuneScape website.