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Jagex Limited is a British video game developer and publisher based at the St John's Innovation Centre in CambridgeEngland. It is best known for RuneScapethe world's largest free-to-play massively multiplayer online role-playing game. The company's name comes from its original slogan, " Ja va G aming Ex perts". In addition to RuneScapeJagex has released multiple casual games on its FunOrb portalas well as other titles. Bythe studio held over employees. In JuneJagex was acquired by Chinese company Hongtou, which in turn was acquired by another Chinese company, Zhongji Holding, in September After initially creating the Jagex name and logo for their projects, brothers and computer programmers Andrew Gower and Paul Gower began trading under the Jagex name indescribing Jagex Software as a "small software company based in England who specialise in producing top-quality Java-games for webpages.
In DecemberAndrew GowerPaul Gower, and Constant Tedder launched Jagex in its current incarnation, with Tedder as its CEO. Jagex formally acquired the Jagex name from Andrew Gower in RuneScape grew dramatically; one year after its release over a million free accounts had been registered.
The game was originally supported by advertisements, however, the Dot-com bubble meant that there were fewer advertisers willing or able to sign with Jagex.
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One of the first tasks of the new company was to create a paid version of the game with extra features, to support hosting costs and continued development.
This was achieved on 27 February when the pay-to-play version of RuneScape was released. It gained 5, subscribers in the first week, making it one of the largest Java pay-to-play games in the world at the time. Until the release of War of Legends inthe company used the slogan "Java Gaming Experts" as it had only produced games written in Java up to that point. Following the launch of the Flash -based War of Legendsthe company name was said to stand for "Just About the Game Experience".
As RuneScape gained users, Jagex grew its employee base. By 11 DecemberRuneScape had 65, paying members, and Jagex had 29 employees.
In JulyJagex had over employees. On 23 OctoberGeoff Iddison, former European CEO of PayPalreplaced Constant Tedder as CEO in order to "accelerate international growth. Jagex became a member of TIGAthe United Kingdom's game developer trade body, on 15 April Richard Wilson, TIGA's CEO, described Jagex as "one of the most successful game developers in the world, not just the UK. Jagex has developed extraordinarily popular games and is at the leading edge in terms of online safety and security.
Jagex received an investment from Insight Venture Partners in Octoberbefore which the company had been self-funded. In December The Raine Group and Spectrum Equity Investors invested in Jagex, while Insight increased their investment. Andrew Gower, Paul Gower and Constant Tedder left the board of directors at that time.
In the Jagex Publishing division was launched with the release of War of Legends. The company has stated that it has "ambitious plans to release multiple titles from third-party developers.
On 26 JulyJagex bought the game Planetarion from Renegade Games, who had themselves bought the rights in February In AugustJagex acquired the technology and assets of Undercrofta mobile game developed by Prague -based Rake in Grass. On 10 MayJagex announced that it had formed a partnership with New York-based media company Herotainment to publish Herotopiaa superhero -themed MMORPG targeted towards children.
On 1 November it was announced that Jagex would publish the sandbox game Ace of Spades. Jagex has received recognition and awards in a number of areas. In it was ranked 59th in the Sunday Times ' Best Companies to Work For' list, and ranked 87th in In the company took 3rd place in the Develop Conference Pub Quiz. In Jagex was ranked as the 29th "Most Successful Game Studio in the World" by Develop magazine.
It also won the "Best Desktop Game Project" award at the Duke's Choice Awardsthe Golden Joystick award for "Best UK Developer", and was listed in the Deloitte Awards "Technology Fast 50".
The company also gained its first Best Company "One to watch" award, which it also achieved in and In the company received the Golden Joystick award for "Best UK Developer" for a second year. It also won "Business of the Year" in the Cambridge News Business Excellence Awards, the "Private Company of the Year" award at the East of England Business Awards, and was listed in the Deloitte Awards "Technology Fast 50" for a second year.
The company was listed in the Red Herring: Global Winners for the first time this year.
In Jagex received a Queen's Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category. In November Jagex won the "best major employer" award at the National Online Recruitment Awards after being chosen from overnominations.
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Since Jagex has made donations to a number of national and international charities, as well as running charity auctions for signed merchandise. In they donated artwork and prizes to the MMOCalendar, which raises funds for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. InJagex introduced the "Well of Goodwill" to RuneScapewhich allowed forex brokers complaints to gift in-game items or wealth to charity.
The Well of Goodwill also featured a hi-scores page for the players who donated. On the weekend of 21 to 24 FebruaryJagex reopened the well of goodwill to donations. They also hosted livestreams for the then-active double experience weekend and released a limited-offer virtual purchase to raise money for SpecialEffect, a charity geared towards making games accessible to children with disabilities.
In JulyJagex helped raise awareness about the illegal poaching of black and white rhinos by adding rhinoceros pets and trivia questions to RuneScape.
This campaign was partnershipped with United for Wildlife. In NovemberJagex win money online bookmakers blackjack the Well of Goodwill to support 3 new charities: AbleGamers, DonateGames, and YoungMinds.
RuneScape is a fantasy MMORPG released in January by Andrew and Paul Gower. RuneScape takes place in the world of Gielinor, a medieval fantasy realm divided into different kingdoms, regions, and cities. Each region offers different types of monsters, resources, and quests to challenge players.
The game's fictional universe has also been explored through a tie-in video game on its maker's other website, FunOrbArmies of Gielinorand the novels Betrayal at FaladorReturn to Canifis and Legacy of Blood. Players are represented in the game with customisable avatars. RuneScape does not follow a linear storyline; rather, players set their own goals and objectives. Players can choose to fight non-player character NPC monsters, complete questsor increase their experience in the available skills.
Old School RuneScape is a separate incarnation of RuneScape released on 22 Februarybased on a copy of the game from August It was opened to paying subscribers after a poll to determine the level of support for releasing this game passed 50, votes, followed by a free-to-play version on 19 February Old School RuneScape stock exchange alcatel-lucent regular content updates, which must be voted on by its players before they can be added to the game.
On 16 September Jagex released DarkScapea separate version of RuneScape which featured open-world player versus player combat. DarkScape was originally released with most of RuneScape's content, but received separate content updates.
DarkScape was completely free to play, with some additional benefits reserved for paying subscribers. On 29 February it was announced that DarkScape would close on 28 March due to lack of interest. On 11 DecemberBlock N Loada sandbox building tactical first-person shooter FPS game went into closed beta. On 5 MarchJagex announced that Block N Load would be released for PC on 30 April FunOrb is a casual gaming site created by Jagex. Launched on 27 Februaryit was the company's first major release after RuneScape.
All of the games are programmed in Java. The site is mainly targeted towards the "hard casual," "deep casual" or "time-pressured" gamer market. The 8Realms closed beta was released on 5 May ; players were given advanced access to the closed beta by invitation and through the game's Facebook page.
On 11 October Jagex announced it was developing a racing game runescape money making members 2016 Facebook called Carnage Racing. The game runs on the Unity game engine and was slated for a November release. RuneScape Legends at RuneFest for launch in the coming year. It allows players to build their own adventure with cards roblox money maker download plunder characters from RuneScape.
On 25 November Chronicle entered closed beta, and it was released on Steam on 26 May War of Legends was an MMORTS set in a world of ancient Chinese mythologywhich was released on 19 January It was Jagex's first MMORTS, the company's first externally developed game,  the first game published by Jagex not to be written in Java, and the company's first microtransactional game.
On 10 May Jagex announced that it was working with the New York-based children's media company Herotainment to publish a new browser-based game called Herotopia which was released on 25 May.
The game was released on Steam on 12 December Idle Adventures is an idle game set in the RuneScape universe. It is being developed by Hyper Hippo Productions.
A closed beta was opened on Steam on 23 April Jagex released its first mobile game, Bouncedownfor the iPhone and iPod touch on 3 Decemberfollowed by StarCannon on 15 AprilMiner Disturbance on 8 Juneand Undercroft on 23 September Stellar Dawn was an upcoming browser-based sci-fi themed MMORPG under development by Jagex. Originally known as MechScape the project was scrapped and renamed after it was decided that the completed project did not meet the standards of the original design brief.
On 10 August the first official Stellar Dawn teaser was released. The game was slated for a launch, but in March Jagex announced that development had been paused in favour of Transformers Universe and RuneScape. On 14 March Jagex announced a partnership with Hasbro to create a Transfomers Universe MMO based on the Transformers intellectual property that was due to launch in North America, Latin America, Europe, New Zealand and Australia in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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