Cambridge-based games firm Jagex hit an all-time high for subscribers in MMO RuneScape.
The company revealed that during 2019, more than 1.1m people were paying subscribers. Meanwhile, the retro-themed Old School RuneScape saw a huge rise in popularity and hit its highest daily active users during the year following its launch on mobile in 2018 and its PC release in 2013.
“Putting Jagex on track for its most successful year to date, 2019 was a record-breaking year for Jagex and our RuneScape communities," CEO Phil Mansell (pictured) said.
"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.”
He continued: “This level of success only comes with the passion of huge player communities, who engage with our games because of the amazing craft and care from our talented teams. It is thanks to these efforts that we’ve been able to greatly increase our investment in our existing games, new product development and the broader business with more than 100 new hires coming onboard in the last 12 months. This includes senior leaders joining from EA, Blizzard, Activision, Ubisoft, Riot and more, adding more than 250 years of cumulative games industry experience to the Jagex team.”