Developer Jagex has revealed that it has had its strongest year to date, marking the 18th birthday of the RuneScape franchise in style as they celebrate a year in which they launched Old School RuneScape on Mobile, achieving five million installs on Android and iOS.
What's more is that the RuneScape franchise has achieved its highest ever paid membership total in history over this past Christmas period, surpassing the 2008 record, while lifetime revenue for the franchise passed $1 billion USD. Monthly active users more than doubled over the year too, and Jagex hired 100 new people. Phil Mansell, Jagex CEO, 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."
"We find that the more we listen to, engage with, and empower the community the more if fosters a true connection; with each other and with the games. The big increases we're seeing in both membership and active users show that we're not only able to bring new players into RuneScape but we're able to offer the kind of rich, evergreen content that keeps them engaged for the long term."
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