|Founded||2001 (incorporated 28 April 2000)|
|Headquarters||Cambridge, United Kingdom|
|Key people||Andrew Gower, Paul Gower, and Constant Tedder (founders); Mark Gerhard (company CEO); Vince Farquharson (head of RuneScape)|
|Industry||Computer and video game industry, MMORPG, Software consultancy & supply|
|Products||RuneScape, FunOrb, MechScape, War of Legends|
|Employees||Between 380 and 400|
Jagex Ltd. (also known as Jagex Software or JaGeX Games Studio) is a United Kingdom-based producer of Java-based online video games, whose name is a contracted form of Java Gaming Experts or Just About the Gaming Experience. The company name is pronounced [ˈdʒæɡɛks], as spoken by former CEO Geoff Iddison in August 2008. The company is best-known for its MMORPG RuneScape.
The name Jagex Software has been in use since at least 1999 and was originally described as a "small software company based in England [who] specialise in producing top-quality Java-games for webpages".
According to Companies House, Meaujo (492) Limited was incorporated on 28 April 2000, and changed its name to Jagex Limited on 27 June 2000. The Jagex website states that the company was founded in December 2001 by Andrew Gower, Paul Gower, and Constant Tedder. The aim of this company was to operate its MMORPG, RuneScape , which had been in development since 1999. By the time of the company's founding, one year after the release of the game, RuneScape already had over one million free accounts registered. The first tasks of the company were to create a version of the game with extra features that required a £3.25 ($5 USD) monthly fee, while still offering the free version, and to develop partnerships with advertisers. Both tasks were achieved, and the pay-to-play version of RuneScape was released on 27 February 2002, gaining 5,000 subscriptions in the first week making RuneScape one of the largest Java pay-to-play games in the world. On 4 May 2007, Jagex announced that RuneScape has over 9,000,000 free players and over 1,000,000 pay-to-play subscribers. In 2006, Andrew and Paul Gower were calculated to be worth £32 million. On "The Rich List 2007", Andrew and Paul are under claims to be worth £106 million ($190 million USD). Andrew Gower is also known for his varieties of Java games. Jagex also received an investment from Insight Venture Partners in October 2005. The company had been self-funded before this investment. RuneScape has since been translated into German, French and recently in Portuguese. Jagex was ranked 59th on the list of The Best 100 Companies to work for by the Sunday Times.
Jagex co-creator Andrew Gower still works with Jagex workers every day, and you use to be able to see Jagex employees on the 'Jagex cam', from the Jagex offices.
Jagex have stated on their website that they "intend to become a significant online operator in all the major gaming markets worldwide" by developing new games using their own technologies."
There have been many rumours of Jagex's next big release, and Jagex has confirmed that it will be releasing a new MMOG called MechScape. This game, which was planned to be released in Q1 of 2009, but was delayed, will probably be called MechScape, although Jagex changed its name to Stellar Dawn. It will be a futuristic MMOG that will break away from RuneScape's homely roots but will still be browser based. The game will be aimed at a higher age range and will be slightly or wholly sci-fi. It was officially confirmed by Jagex at the gaming event E3 on 15 July 2008. However it was canceled in August 2009 but confirmed on a mechscape forum (mechscapeworld) to being redone and get a name change to Stellar Dawn.
Jagex also acts as the publisher of the online flash-based game called "War of Legends". It is a multiplayer real time strategy game, which was released in January 2010 and it is currently in beta testing phase.
Jagex has grown since the founding of the company in 2001. They currently have offices in Cambridge and London. The company had been recruiting heavily in 2006 and has over 400 employees, grouped into the Development, Publishing, Web Content, Minigame, and Customer Relations teams.
They maintain about 161 servers for RuneScape in various locations around the United States, Canada, Australia, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, and the United Kingdom. Some of the more recent additions to the servers include the addition of the German, French and Portuguese servers. These are currently the only servers for non-English versions of the game thus far, but Jagex has confirmed that more languages are planned.
While most of the work by Jagex staff now deals with RuneScape, they still maintain one classic game which can be played on their corporate website and many games that can be played in FunOrb.
These are just some of the games. A full list can be found here.
A full list of FunOrb games can be found here: List of all FunOrb games
In February 2008, Jagex announced that they would be releasing a casual browser-based gaming site called FunOrb within the month. FunOrb was released on 27 February 2008. It uses the same account information as RuneScape, but requires a separate membership.
The site hosts small games varying in amount of possible playtime from an hour to two days. Some of the website and games are completely free-to-play, although members receive many other benefits, such as many Achievements, fullscreen mode for all games, and access to more features in nearly all games. Jagex offers a discount for those who are paying members of both RuneScape and FunOrb.
It was originally released with 18 games, and in keeping with their promise of an update every two weeks, it now has a total of 39.
The most popular game on the site is Armies of Gielnor. (More information about this game in the next paragraph.)(Jagex has used almost exclusively the popularity of RuneScape to gain patrons for this site, with almost all FunOrb players being either current or former RuneScape players due to very little advertising.
In January 2009, Jagex released a multiplayer game called Armies of Gielinor. This is the game that is set in the RuneScape universe they promised to release. You can summon beasts such as Black Knights, greater Demons, Aviansies, and other monsters from the RuneScape universe. It has become one of the most popular games on FunOrb.
Rumoured during parts of 2007 and throughout 2008, MechScape is Jagex's new MMORPG, which was due for release in the first quarter of 2009. However, the MechScape project has since been dropped.
|“||Sadly the game was not as complete as we wanted and we spent the first few months trying to “fix” the game where we could. About a month or so ago we took the decision to stop trying to “fix it” as we still wouldn’t have the game we wanted and the game certainly did not meet all the objectives and specifications established in the original game design document and therefore it would be better to go back to the founding principles and build the game we always wanted –Andrew is now overseeing the project and working very closely with the team to build Stellar Dawn, not all was lost as we naturally have developed the game engine substantially over the last few years and the new designs benefits massively from this as well as a ton of experience within the team as to what works and what doesn’t. So whilst the content and a lot of the game play will change from what was previously built almost everything else will go straight back into Stellar Dawn.||”|
— Mark Gerhard, October 25 2009
Building on the MechScape game engine, Jagex plans to release a new MMO, possibly Stellar Dawn, in 2010.
Currently if one wished to go to www.StellarDawn.com they get redirected to www.Funorb.com
Official Thread Discussing MechScape
Since 2004 Jagex has made donations to a number of national and international charities. It has also run charity auctions for signed merchandise.
In 2008 they donated artwork and prizes to the MMOCalendar, which raises funds for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
In the past 4 years, Jagex has donated money to charity, broken down as below.
The charities that Jagex have donated to include:
Also in early 2008, Jagex created their own YouTube channel, called "thejagexchannel", which is "The official YouTube channel for Jagex Ltd, producers of quality online games based on Java technology."
Jagex has verified the authenticity of the channel, and has stated that it is permissible for RuneScape players to discuss openly the videos on the channel. This is an exception to their general policy, which is that discussion of specific YouTube videos in-game is prohibited.
The channel currently contains ten videos. The first seven videos are previews of FunOrb games. The last two videos are about the July 2008 major graphics update.
Back in 2006, a player had made a YouTube channel and titled it "jagex", though currently disclaims to actually be Jagex. Probably for this reason, Jagex the company named their channel "thejagexchannel".
Jagex also has a twitter account called Official Jagex, a Facebook, and a LiveJournal called "TheJagexLJ".
It has been noted by Mark Gerhard that he will be using the Jagex YouTube page more and will be interacting more with RuneScape players on YouTube.
In 1999 Jagex created a game called "DeviousMUD", now called RuneScape. Many people have wanted to date back and see what it was like. RuneScape Classic is for members only and that is what it was like when DeviousMUD was out, but it was never opened to the public. DeviousMUD's subline was "DeviousMUD by Andrew Gower"
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