RuneScape Has 105 Million User Accounts

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RuneScape Has 105 Million User Accounts

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Jagex's free-to-play browser MMOG RuneScape is pretty big. In fact, it's the world's biggest free game, says Guinness World Records, with over 105 million user accounts - dwarfing even mighty WoW almost tenfold.

NCSoft's Aion has four million players in Asia right now? Pfft. WoW has twelve million worldwide? Chump change! These games that many of us hold up as kingpins of the MMOG space are relatively puny compared to the most popular free-to-play games. Take RuneScape, for example - according to Jagex's Mark Gerhard, not only is the game recognized by the Guinness World Records as the world's most popular free-to-play game, its numbers aren't anything to sneeze about: 105 million players have signed up for the game over the course of its lifetime.

That's a staggering amount, really. That's three times the amount of people who've bought an Xbox 360. Only slightly less than twice the number of Wiis out there. Of course, not all of those accounts are active - many people make one and then never play after a while - but a good chunk of that 105-million-strong playerbase does come back regularly:

"More than 10 million. It depends if you're taking a day, a week, three months. We did another stat for the Guinness Book of World Records that was total active unique [users] over time, and that was just over 105 million. So 105 million people have touched it," Gerhard told Eurogamer.

Jagex is looking to capitalize on RuneScape's success with sci-fi Browser MMOG MechScape - which is still under wraps, but it has "Mech" in the game. That means it must be awesome.

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While only 20,000 actually kept their accounts over a week.

L33tsauce_Marty:
While only 20,000 actually kept their accounts over a week.

And half of those are multi-accounts and bots.

I have like an account from 2003 that I used once.

Still, its pretty impressive

Runescape is a good game, I play occasionally.

Indeed, most are old accounts no one plays anymore...like mine :P

I think in total i had like 5 accounts after forgetting passwords and names of the others... and just plain getting bored of the thing... That nice big number is a total crock.

just for clarity sake, WoW has 14 million ACTIVE SUBSCRIBERS.

I'm not saying they'd have 105 million, as I'm sure I would have heard about a game selling that many units, but there could easily by 50 million accounts.

To parrot everyone else, how many of those Runescape accounts are actually active?

I know I played something like five years ago. I hope that one doesn't count toward that inflated number they're tossing around.

well I'm sure most people have alternate accounts on the thing, and there's not much more to be said about the current trend in Runescape other than I stopped playing it a long, long time ago.

Also, I don't like Jagex

How many of those 105 million accounts are active and paying accounts?

Heck, even I have a runescape account. I played it for 10 minutes and got bored, but I'm contributing to that 105 million stat with my 10 minutes of playtime. Forgive me if I'm not uber impressed.

Good for runescape. They at least deserve something right?

I played once and didn't think it was that cool. Never played again.

Fat Man Spoon:

L33tsauce_Marty:
While only 20,000 actually kept their accounts over a week.

And half of those are multi-accounts and bots.

and about 1% of those who actually play become... *gasp* members...

Everyone, at some point, has to have a RuneScape account. It's like a nerd rite of passage.

I once made the Pool's Closed guy in the game, just for a laugh. Nice to know that I actually contributed to the number with that.

Eh.. I have an account. I got about a year ago now, I got bored in the first 10 minutes, put it down, and havent touched it since. If they had 105 million active accounts, then I might be inclined to be impressed.

I made at least 6 accounts. I only played on one of them for more then a week. I quit the game before it went to hell. I remember hearing about how Jagex took out the wilderness and I was laughing at my friends who still played it. Well, now I have an Xbox and I play GOOD games.

Not very impressed here either: I made an account for about a month or two, but got bored when it became apparent that the only way to progress further was to start forking over some money.

How many of those are original people? I kept forgetting passwords and made about 20.

I liked the quests aspect, I thought that it was relatively interesting, but I ran through the Free2Play stuff too quickly. And, really, it didn't seem to be enough to warrant a monthly fee. Also, grindtastic. Ore's like the most important thing ever, and you can carry only so much of it. Jeez.

I had 2 accounts when I used to play.

Good times...

I'm willing to bet that only 100,000 are active AT MOST. The majority of the active users are pre-teens I'm guessing though.

A great many of those are advertising bots. That's all I'll say.(Because I'm lazy)

Gee thanks for that. Now I feel dirty knowing I contributed to thast number even though I played it for a total of 15 minutes.

Pointing out any game that can beat WoW at something seems to be a pretty popular topic today, perhaps I should start a thread saying how much better the physics and freeroam are in CoH... in anycase I admit I'll probably try mechscape just for the thought of Gurren Lagann

Psst, guys. It has 10 million "active accounts." Says right up there :P

doesn't suprise me. it's a classic...kinda. i played it back in the day. it's not horrible for no download and free

RougeWaveform:
Everyone, at some point, has to have a RuneScape account. It's like a nerd rite of passage.

I agree.
Didn't EVERYONE who's a true gamer make an account on that site?
I mean the game's quality sucked so no one really stuck to it.
But just about everyone tried it for that first ten-thirty minutes.
Then most moved on and never touched it again.

I wonder how many active accounts there are.

How many are active and how many of those actives are members?

I'm guilty for having had one and then not using it for God knows how long.

CantFaketheFunk:
Psst, guys. It has 10 million "active accounts." Says right up there :P

They're not listening are they? :)

I still play, and have for the last 5 years, although I have made almost 10 accounts over that time.

Souplex:
How many are active and how many of those actives are members?

A few months ago I believe the numbers where around 1 million members.

CantFaketheFunk:
Psst, guys. It has 10 million "active accounts." Says right up there :P

I was just about to type that...reading is FTW!

Good for Jagex. While the game is way to grindy for me I have to admit Runescape has better questlines then just about any major MMO out there, including WoW. There quests are some of the few that actually had me *wanting* to read them.

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