Runescape Surpasses 200 Million Accounts!

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Posted July 20, 2012 by George Harvey in Announcements, Gaming News, Industry, PC

RuneScape, the hugely popular and multi-award winning free-to-play massively multiplayer online adventure game, today made video games history once again by announcing that it now has over 200 million registered player accounts.

RuneScape has experienced a meteoritic level of success since it was first released in 2001. The game was one of the original pioneers of online multiplayer gaming and has continued to innovate and evolve over the years, ensuring RuneScape’s pole position at the forefront of free-to-play gaming today. Accessible directly from any browser and set in a distinct, richly-detailed, medieval fantasy world, RuneScape offers a truly contemporary, innovative and original gaming experience for millions of players across the world every day. The game content evolves weekly and is as fresh and entertaining today as it was when it first launched.

Throughout the last 10 years, RuneScape’s virtual world has welcomed over 200 million players from more than 150 countries around the world. If RuneScape were a country it would be the 5th largest population in the world, and the game’s 200 million+ inhabitants have clocked up in excess of 443 billion minutes of game time so far.

Speaking of breaking the 200 million player milestone, Jagex CEO Mark Gerhard commented, “Although RuneScape has achieved so much over the past decade, smashing 200 million accounts is a huge accomplishment for the dedicated development team and is thanks to our awesome community. When the game was first released, nobody could ever have expected it would reach such high levels of popularity largely by community word of mouth. It has been an incredible journey to get to where we are today, and by continuing our tradition of constantly innovating, evolving   and lovingly crafting RuneScape we are certain to continue to break records by creating an online adventure like no other. We’ve witnessed a really strong resurgence in the game’s popularity over the past two years and are seeing strong player growth year on year.”

By registering more than 200 million player accounts, RuneScape.com further cements its position as the most popular free-to-play MMO in the World.

To mark this record-breaking achievement, Jagex have designed a nice in-game celebration for all. Additionally, Jagex have put up an interactive timeline detailing the game’s evolution over the past decade, a host of community testimonial videos, and an eye-catching Infographic revealing a plethora of mind-blowing statistics mapping out the sheer size, success and popularity of the game. Visit the RuneScape website for more details on this most epic of achievements.


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George Harvey
George Harvey

George has been a games journalist for the past 3 years writing for a number of websites alongside Daniel Pepper. George has been with PushStart since it's launch in early 2010 to aid in the exploration of the gaming world. Eager to jump straight into the gaming industry scene, he is currently studying 3D Games Design at university.


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