As RuneScape enters its 20th year, Jagex has announced that 2019 was a very good year for both Old School RuneScape (OSRS) and RuneScape. Their best ever, in fact, reaching their highest player membership peak with 1.1 million paying subscribers. That's a lot of dosh.
OSRS also launched on mobile in 2019, where it has now reached over 8 million installs and won a BAFTA for EE Mobile Game of the Year. which saw the title surge in popularity to its highest number of daily active users in its six-year history.
Building off of this success, Jagex has also hired more than 100 new employees, including former EA Development Director Melissa Bachman-Wood as the VP of Studios, former Product Director at Blizzard Entertainment Ryan Ward joining as an executive producer for RuneScape, and Rob Hendry, formerly Head of Studio London at Natural Motion, is now the Executive Producer of OSRS. Phil Mansell, Jagex CEO, said:
Putting Jagex on track for its most successful year to date, 2019 was a record-breaking year for Jagex and our RuneScape communities. We hit exciting milestones, welcomed more members and players to the games than at any point in their 19-year history, achieved significant success on mobile and saw notable industry talent joining our established teams to steer the future for our living games. We’re delighted and deeply appreciate the dedication of our staff and fans.
11.3 million minutes of content was streamed on Twitch at RuneFest as well, and over £261,692 was raised for charity. It's a good time to be a RuneScape fan.
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