This time it's US private equity giant Carlyle Group that is snapped up a majority stake in the Cambridge games studio. The Carlyle Group failed to RS gold disclose the conditions of the trade, however, The Daily Telegraph reported the value of this deal is expected to be greater than the $530m (￡390m) paid for Jagex as it was acquired from its Chinese owners with a US holding company in 2020.
Jagex employs over 450 people, and is one of the largest and most successful British gaming studios. It's famous for the dream MMO RuneScape, that has seen nearly 300 million player balances created since its launch 20 years ago. 2020 saw record numbers of subscribing players, Jagex stated, over half of that are in the USA. The Carlyle Group said it will encourage Jagex"as it continues to drive growth by evolving the heart RuneScape franchise through investment in R&D and increased content launch prices, in addition to starting new titles to increase its portfolio and participate with the even wider community of players".
Jagex manager Phil Mansell stated:"I am rather proud that Jagex is teaming up with Carlyle, a prestigious investment team that believes in the potential of Jagex, our vision for expansion, and will encourage us in accelerating our continuing growth plan. We will continue to expand our sport teams to create and deliver more great content for RuneScape and Old School RuneScape. We'll continue to create exciting adventures for our gamers, develop our global communities, construct new games to expand and further explore the RuneScape universe, give our experience to release third-party matches from like-minded online game developers, and also invest in the unbelievable tech and talent which powers this "
Jagex has been on something of an ownership rollercoaster in the past couple of years. In 2016 it had been offered to a Chinese conglomerate for $300m - a mining company with little tech expertise. Eventually Jagex was sold to US holding company, Macarthur Fortune Holding, in May 2020.
The two Runescape and Old School Runescape, the retro version of cheap RuneScape gold Jagex's longstanding MMORPG, are coming into Steam. Jagex confirmed the Steam release of both games now. Runescape, colloquially known as Runescape 3 since it is the most updated version of the sport, will arrive on October 14. Old School Runescape, which uses the 2007 version of this game as a base, will return to Steam sometime in 2021.