It wasn’t for nothing that Massively OP gave RuneScape our “Most Improved MMO” award last month. The long-running fantasy MMORPG saw a year of increases and additions in 2018, and all that work paid off in hitting franchise record highs.
In a press release, Jagex said that the game in all of its incarnations hit its highest-ever paid membership and monthly active users. Thanks to the testing and launch of both mobile versions of the client, the paid subscriber count has crossed the one million mark. Additionally, Old School RuneScape Mobile has clocked over five million downloads since its launch last year. Altogether, the franchsise has made over a billion dollars since its debut 18 years ago.
There are other strong numbers for growth, including record-setting attendance at last year’s RuneFest and the hire of over 100 new employees. “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,” said Jagex CEO Phil Mansell.