2019 was a record breaking year for Jagex as Runescape had its best year ever with memberships at an all-time high. But that wasn’t the only milestone they reached last year. Old School Runescape achieved its highest ever daily active player count. On mobile, it had more than 8 million installations. They also streamed a record breaking 11.3 million minutes of content from RuneFest. A quote from Jagex CEO Phil Mansell about the record breaking year can be read below.
“Putting Jagex on track for its most successful year to date, 2019 was a record-breaking year for Jagex and our RuneScape communities. 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.
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.”
Runescape is also getting ready for its 20th anniversary which isn’t until January 4th 2021 but from the sound of it they are going big. Jagex will have a series of initiatives that celebrate the community. More information on those will be coming at a later date.
Source: Press Release
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EA has been given a Guinness World Record for the most downvoted comment in Reddit history, an event I’m sure they’d prefer the world forgot. It is for the now-infamous comment from an EA community manager responding to complaints about Star Wars Battlefront II’s lootboxes. The comment got 683,000 downvotes. That’s an amazing 600,000 more than the next highest downvote count. It is rather astonishing just how big it got. However, while people were angry with EA for their perceived greed, there was also a lot of brigading going on. Which raises the question of why this incident appeared in the most recent edition of the Guinness Book of World Records.
It was spotted by Reddit user -amsha- in the 2020 Guinness Book of World Records who then posted a picture of it on the Star Wars subreddit. In the 7 hours that the post has been on Reddit it has earned 58.3 thousand upvotes.
The award has sparked conversation and raised quite a few questions in the MMOGames office. Did the Guinness World Records actually send EA a physical award for this? If so, how angry were the higherups who opened that package? Will they be hanging it up somewhere for all to see? But the question that sparked the most debate was if this is even deserving of recognition with a Guinness World Record? The general consensus on that last one is a big no. But also the feeling that the world records generally aren’t what they used to be and that these days they feel more like an attempt to sell books than actually marking anything that’s noteworthy. What do you think? Does EA deserve to be recognized for this? Does putting it down in the book immortalize it for the rest of time? Let us know in the comments.
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GTA V is amazingly profitable for Rockstar Entertainment. It initially released on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 in September of 2013 and since then it has brought in $6 billion in revenue. For anyone keeping track at home that’s more money than Avatar, the highest grossing movie of all time which only brought in $2.8 billion. 90 million copies have been sold worldwide which leaves music’s top album, Michael Jackson’s 1982 Thriller in the dust having sold 66 million units.
To get an idea of how well GTA V is doing it was the 6th biggest selling game in the US in 2017 and third biggest in the UK and Europe. On top of that it is still making the charts in 2018, currently sitting at number 8 on the UK gaming charts.
Some of GTA V’s success can be contributed to the fact that since it’s release we’ve had a new generation of consoles come out. Many people who owned it on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 would have bought it a second time for Playstation 4 or Xbox One. Another major contributing factor is the online multiplayer gameplay which has allowed the game to continue having life years after it released.
So, are there any records left for GTA V to break? Actually, yes there are. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes is estimated to have sold 500 million copies. That’s a whole lot of books. In fact, it has been estimated to be around the same amount as the entire Harry Potter series has sold. Of course, tracking how much money Don Quixote has made is impossible. The book came out in 1605 after all.
It also hasn’t broken Superbowl records yet, the 2015 Superbowl was watched by 111 million people in the United States. This is a number that GTA V is quickly approaching and could easily break.
What all of this means is that GTA V isn’t going to be going anywhere for a very long time.
Source: GIBiz, Wiki, Wiki, Chart Track, BoxOfficeMojo
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