The Carlyle Group did not disclose the terms of this trade, but The Daily Telegraph reported the value of OSRS gold the deal is anticipated to be more than the $530m (￡390m) paid for Jagex when it was obtained from its Chinese owners with a US holding company in 2020.
Jagex employs more than 450 people, and is among the largest and most successful British gaming studios. It's famous for the dream MMO RuneScape, which has seen nearly 300 million player balances created since its launch 20 decades ago. 2020 saw record amounts of subscribing players, Jagex stated, over half of which are in the USA. The Carlyle Group said it will encourage Jagex"since it continues to drive growth by expanding the heart RuneScape franchise via investment in R&D and increased pleased release prices, as well as starting new titles to increase its portfolio and participate with the even wider community of players".
Jagex boss Phil Mansell stated:"I am so proud that Jagex is teaming up with Carlyle, a prestigious investment team that believes in the capacity of Jagex, our vision for growth, and will encourage us in accelerating our continuing growth strategy. We'll continue to expand our sport teams to create and deliver more great articles for RuneScape and Old School RuneScape. We will continue to produce exciting adventures for our gamers, develop our international communities, build new games to expand and further explore the RuneScape universe, lend our experience to publish third party games from like-minded online game developers, and also invest in the unbelievable tech and talent that powers this all."
Jagex was on something of an ownership rollercoaster in the past couple of years. Eventually Jagex was sold to US holding firm, Macarthur Fortune Holding, in May 2020.
Both Runescape and Old School Runescape, the retro version of Jagex's longstanding MMORPG, are coming to Steam. Jagex confirmed the Steam launch of both games today. Runescape, colloquially called Runescape 3 because it's the very updated version of the game, will arrive at October 14. Old School Runescape, that employs the 2007 version of the game for a foundation, will come to buy RS gold Steam sometime in 2021.