Old School RuneScape has set a new activity record. At the hottest moment of November 1,157,445 people were playing the game at the same time. This result includes users on PC and mobile devices. The success is due, among other things, to the popularity of the Trailblazer league launched on October 28, which will end on January 6 next year.
During this event, players perform special tasks, for which they receive league points, allowing them to earn powerful relics, providing various useful bonuses. As part of the event ad campaign, Jagex released a funny video with rapping game characters
The result of more than 157,000 people having fun at the same time is extremely impressive, as this is not the main RuneScape. The Old School variant is based on the 2007 version of this MMORPG. Even back then, the game looked like a relic of the past, so the fact that it still manages to attract crowds in front of the screens today is very impressive and shows that for many players it's the content that counts, not the graphics.
To fully appreciate the result achieved by Old School RuneScape, it is worth comparing it with today's Steam statistics. 157,000 simultaneous players would be enough to make it to the top five of the biggest titles on Valve's platform, besting Grand Theft Auto V for example.
Of course, it should be kept in mind that Jagex's project has set its record on Sunday, when most games are scoring their best weekly results. Reaching for the data archived by Steam Charts on that day, however, we can see that at the hottest moment on November 1, GTA5 had 120 thousand players, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege - 89 thousand and Team Fortress 2 - 84 thousand, so Old School Runescape would probably be in the top five on Sunday anyway.
- Old School RuneScape - official website