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Jagex Ltd.
Jagex Ltd.
Type Private
Founded 2001 (incorporated 28 April 2000)[1]
Headquarters Cambridge, United Kingdom
Key people Andrew Gower, Paul Gower, and Constant Tedder (founders)
Industry Computer and video game industry, MMORPG, Software consultancy & supply[1]
Products RuneScape, FunOrb
Employees 330 (as of June 2007)[2]
Website http://www.jagex.com/

Jagex Ltd. (also known as Jagex Software which means Java Gaming Experts) is a United Kingdom-based producer of Java-based online video games. [3] The company is best-known for its MMORPG, RuneScape. Jagex is a well-received company, ranking 59th on the Sunday Times' 100 Best Companies to Work For list.[4]

HistoryEdit

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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".[6]

According to Companies House, Meaujo (492) Limited was incorporated on April 28, 2000, and changed its name to Jagex Limited on June 27, 2000.Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag. 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.[7] Jagex also received an investment from Insight Venture Partners in October of 2005.[8] The company had been self-funded before this investment. RuneScape has since been translated into a German open beta, which was released on March 7, 2007.[9][10] Jagex was ranked 59th on the list of The Best 100 Companies to work for by the Sunday Times.[11]

Jagex co-creator Andrew Gower still works with Jagex workers every day, and you can see Jagex on the 'Jagex cam', from the Jagex offices.

Future developmentEdit

Jagex have stated on their website that they "intend to become a significant online operator in all the major gaming markets worldwide"[12] by developing new games using their own technologies."


There are many rumors of Jagex's next big release - we can confirm, at least, that Jagex will be releasing a new MMOG. [13]Many believe that this release - rumored to be scheduled for the Q1 of 2009 - will be MechScape, a futuristic MMOG that will break away from RuneScape's homely roots[14]. As of yet, it is not officially confirmed by Jagex, but suspicions are strong.

OperationEdit

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 300 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. One of the most recent additions to the servers was the addition of the four German beta servers, which are currently the only servers for a non-English version of the game. Their current major focus is on translating RuneScape into non-English markets, primarily working on a recently-released German translation of the game.[9]

Jagex is currently translating RuneScape into a French version, although a release date has not been announced.

Beyond RuneScapeEdit

While most of the work by Jagex staff now deals with RuneScape, they still maintain one game which can be played on their corporate website and many games that can be played in FunOrb.

GamesEdit

  • Vertigo

FunOrbEdit

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[15]. 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 or two to days. 40% of the website is available for free while the other 60% is available to persons who pay the membership fee. Jagex offers a discount for those who are paying members of both RuneScape and FunOrb.

It was originally released with 17 games, and in keeping with their promise of an update every two weeks, it now has a total of 26.

The most popular game on the site is the turn-based multiplayer game Arcanists, in which the player takes on the role of an aspiring wizard who battles against his or her rivals in destructible arenas.

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.

YouTube channelEdit

Jagex now has its own YouTube channel, called "thejagexchannel", which is "The official YouTube channel for Jagex Ltd, producers of quality online games based on Java technology."[16]

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[17]. This is an exception to their general policy, which is that discussion of specific YouTube videos in-game is prohibited.

The channel currently contains nine videos. The first seven videos are previews of FunOrb games. The last two videos are about the July 2008 major graphics update.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Companies House WebCHeck. Retrieved 2007-07-29.
  2. Full Credits List. Jagex Ltd.. Retrieved on 2007-06-27.
  3. What is Jagex?. Jagex Ltd.. Retrieved on 2007-03-12.
  4. The Sunday Times. Sunday Times. Retrieved on 2008-05-02..
  5. Bang! I win! Jagex team photo. Jagex Ltd. (2003-04-23). Retrieved on 2007-10-03.
  6. Jagex Software. Jagex Ltd. (1999-11-29). Retrieved on 2007-06-11.
  7. Rich List 2006. Sunday Times Online. Retrieved on 2007-03-12.
  8. RuneScape Developers Jagex Ltd. Secure Investment from Insight Venture Partners. GamingBlog (2005-10-28). Retrieved on 2007-01-29.
  9. 9.0 9.1 German Language Beta Launch – Some Information. Jagex Ltd. (2007-02-14). Retrieved on 2007-03-12.
  10. Hereinspaziert - die Open Beta der deutschen Version beginnt! (German). Jagex Ltd. (2007-02-07). Retrieved on 2007-03-08.
  11. The Sunday Times Best 100 Companies to Work For. Sunday Times Online. Retrieved on 2007-03-22.
  12. Jagex Company History. Jagex Ltd.. Retrieved on 2007-03-12.
  13. Error on call to Template:cite web: Parameters url and title must be specified. Jagex Ltd.. Retrieved on 2008-07-4.
  14. MechScape World. MechScape World. Retrieved on 2008-07-04.
  15. FunOrb Announcement Forums - "Welcome to FunOrb". Retrieved 2008-05-25.
  16. "The Jagex Channel", YouTube.com
  17. "The Reporting Academy - FAQ", RuneScape official forums

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