Jagex disqualifies botfarming winner of $20K Old School RuneScape tourney


Last weekend, Jagex held its annual RuneFest event in London, where the studio demoed its mobile edition and teased plenty of upcoming content for both regular flavor RuneScape and its crankier Old School RuneScape cousin. Yes, even the bank rework that’s been promised for at least a hundred years.

But the headline event of that convention, the 2000-person Deadman Invitational, went badly awry when one group of players formed a temporary alliance and were disqualified for refusing to fight, causing community uproar. It gets way worse:

“The last survivor of the final has been disqualified. A standard subsequent investigation into the winner of the tournament took place and the winner was responsible for the creation of a bot farm. Naturally all accounts linked to this botting activity have now been banned. This then raises the question of what to do with the prize money. At the moment we’re discussing what to do with it. A few ideas we have at the moment are another charitable donation, dispersing the money among the finalists, or carrying it over to the next season (or a combination of all of these).”

The studio says it hasn’t been able to prove other allegations against participants relating to the DDOS attacks during the show. But yeah, bot farming. In RuneScape. Who saw that coming?

Source: Jagex via VG247. Cheers, Pepperzine!

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Well done Jagex.
It’s almost as if you are owned by a mining company rather than talented developers. That would be crazy though.


Ah, Runescape. “Keeping alive in more ways than one!” That should be there motto.

An alliance refusing to fight? Lol. Kk.

Good that the botter got nabbed. And, the DDOS stuff? Man, that old school gaming is craaaaazeeey.


Supplement information and speculation from the Kotaku article on this subject:

“Many competitive RuneScape players are part of clans, which are fan-run factions; these clans all have long-standing beefs with one another. Reign of Terror has been accused of issuing DDOS attacks during past tournaments, although Reign of Terror’s clan rules do disallow DDOS attacks. Many other clans have also been accused of using this tactic, but it’s a hard claim to prove.

After the tournament, however, Jagex confirmed that 5PLUS50K12 had done something shady. According to Jagex’s statement, he was “responsible for the creation of a bot farm,” which would’ve been very helpful if he had been DDOSing anybody. Because of that, he was disqualified.


One big question remains for the competitors, though: How did these DDOS attacks occur? An attacker would have needed their opponents’ IP addresses. The best way to get them would be to have a man on the inside.

Many fans have pointed fingers at Jed Sanderson, one of Jagex’s employees and tournament organizers, who often posts on social media about Reign of Terror. Jagex acknowledged the “allegations of staff favouritism” in their statement, but did not clarify whether these allegations had merit. (Jagex did not respond to request for comment before press time.)”


RoT also hosted several well-attended player-run tournaments, which required participants to register on their own website (and one of the Jagex Mods infamously advertised this on their Twitter). This is where most folks get the idea that they had the wherewithal to DDoS the competition.

To me, it seems a bit far fetched that RoT would have had the IPs to DDoS players at the extent that most of the community seems to believe. However, the finale of the Tournament was definitely shady, with multiple (non-RoT) players suffering connection problems at once. This may be due to Jagex’s servers, it may be due to a third party, but it certainly didn’t look good for a clan that already had a less-than-stellar reputation.