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VideoExecute botting characters in RuneScape

Botany Bay give you the power.

VideoRuneScape Clan Citadels video

Build a giant flying fortress.

VideoLatest Runescape trailer

Jagex shows off its swords and skellingtons.

The Jagex Factor

CEO on MechScape, RuneScape, Stellar Dawn, rivals.

Key events

The Runescape lifers

Game of a generation.

Security are scratching their heads over how to search them. Cosplay is one thing, but the two sword-toting armour-clad cosplayers strutting proudly toward the Battersea Evolution venue are something else entirely. One's wearing a standard but nevertheless impressive suit of armour, while the other's decked out in aged bronze seemingly styled after Cthulhu. They stick out like, well, like turquoise knights in London. Yet they also fit right in, because today, the venue is filled with thousands of people, men and women young and old, who all share the same hobby: Runescape.

Are loot boxes gambling?

Crate escape.

Sin City is the global capital of gambling. Casinos with colourful chips, well-postured croupiers and automaton pensioners plugged into slot machines. At first glance it might not seem sinister, but strip back the glamour and Las Vegas paints a sad picture - its denizens cogs in a billion-dollar machine fuelled by potentially addictive gaming. The novelty of the place can hide its true intentions.

UPDATE: A rep from Jagex has told Eurogamer that it's not the Shandong company that has acquired Jagex. Rather, the investors are in the process of forming a games-specific Chinese company, which is being processed in the Chinese markets at the moment. So, at the time of publication, there's no formal name to identify the holding company.

RuneScape Evolution of Combat expansion enters beta

RuneScape Evolution of Combat expansion enters beta

"The biggest changes we've ever made," promises Jagex.

Long-running MMO RuneScape's Evolution of Combat expansion enters its beta phase today, developer Jagex has announced.

50,000 "elite" testers have been picked from the "hundreds of thousands" who applied to take part in the trial run.

In addition, all RuneScape players who have been members for the last 12 months and signed up for access automatically qualify to take part. And beyond that, all other regular players can access the beta during members-only open weekends, the first of which kicks off on 7th July.

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RuneScape Clan Citadels expansion today

RuneScape Clan Citadels expansion today

"The envy of the MMO world."

The gigantic Clan Citadels expansion has been released for RuneScape, Jagex has announced.

This allows guilds/clans to build their own floating city - a castle in the sky where you can meet, greet and even make your own RuneScape games using a sandbox battlefield editor. You can even invite other clans over for war and cake.

Any clan with five or more members can take ownership of a Citadel.

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RuneFest 2011 dates, prices, details

RuneFest 2011 dates, prices, details

Jagex's answer to BlizzCon.

Move over BlizzCon, move over EVE Fanfest, because RuneFest is back for a second year.

RuneFest is bulging British developer Jagex's celebration of RuneScape, the biggest free MMO there is.

The second RuneFest fan bonanza takes place at London's picturesque Old Billingsgate building on Saturday 29th October and Sunday 30th October.

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The Jagex Factor

CEO on MechScape, RuneScape, Stellar Dawn, rivals.

Jagex employs over 350 people and claims not only to be the UK's biggest developer and publisher, but to be second only to World of Warcraft in the MMO genre with browser-based fantasy adventure RuneScape.

Blizzard "probably very arrogant" - Jagex

"Perhaps even over-self-assured."

Jagex chief Mark Gerhard believes success has brought arrogance to Blizzard. He told Eurogamer that the World of Warcraft and StarCraft II maker now appears to be giving "two fingers up" to a democratised community.

UK tax situation "sucks" - Ninja Theory

"It scares me," adds Jagex CEO.

Top UK developers Jagex (RuneScape) and Ninja Theory (Enslaved) have told Eurogamer exactly what they think about the coalition government's about-turn on tax breaks for the videogames industry.

Jagex to hold RuneScape convention

RuneFest 2010 to hit London in August.

Jagex has announced that it's to hold its first RuneScape fan convention in central London on Saturday 28th August 2010.

Jagex on RuneScape, MechScape and FunOrb

Mark Gerhard and Henrique Olifiers talk up the UK's biggest publisher.

You may never have heard of RuneScape, but the free-to-play MMO has over 10 million players and has made Jagex a lot of money. So much, in fact, that the company employs around 400 people across two Cambridge studios (and one London branch) and claims to be one of the biggest online publishers not only in the UK, but in the whole of Europe.

Jagex gives Jon Hare top job

Sensible Soccer, now RuneScape.

Jon Hare and his hair have been appointed head of publishing at Jagex, which makes web-based MMO RuneScape, which makes lots and lots of money.

Gold sellers steal accounts - Blizzard

WOW operator explains hard-line stance.

Speaking to Nick Ryan for Eurogamer's Gold Trading Exposed feature series, a Blizzard spokesperson has explained the company's firm opposition to real money trading (RMT).

RuneScape

Run! Escape!

It seemed like a nice job: to be given the opportunity to write a light-hearted piece on the first steps in the browser-based MMORPG RuneScape - an industry outsider that's quietly the Western world's second most successful MMO. Nip in, work out what everyone loves, hide my conclusions at the end of some amiable fluff, and phone my bank to tell them not to be shocked when millions of Eurogamer pounds fly into my account. I'll start with my guesses as to its popularity, then play it.

The Great Digital Gold-Rush

And how RuneScape reckons it beat it.

It took me endless hours of picking herbs in World of Warcraft before I decided to use real money to buy gold. I spent about fifty quid for an in-game thousand, and bought a purple epic mount. I went back and bought more as time went on; money that helped push our guild into hardcore raiding and splash out on other members. I was greedy with it as well, covering my second character in the very best.

Buying MMO gold is like funding prostitution

Says Runescape - but bigwig has solution.

RuneScape content boss Imre Jele says that those of you buying MMO currency are effectively funding digital organised crime, not to mention cheating and ruining the experience for everyone else.