Runscape developer Jagex was acquired again. This time, the American private equity giant Carlyle Group (Carlyle Group) bought a majority stake in Cambridge Game Studios.
Carlyle Group (Carlyle Group) has not announced the details of the transaction, but the Daily Telegraph said that the value of the transaction is expected to exceed the price of the U.S. when it acquired Jagex for $530 million (£390 million). The holding company was established in 2020.
With more than 450 employees, Jagex is the largest and most successful video game studio in the UK. Since its establishment 20 years ago, it is known for its fantasy MMO RuneScape and has created nearly 300 million player accounts. Judges said that the number of signed players in 2020 has reached a record level, and more than half of them are in the United States.
Carlyle Group (Carlyle Group) announced that it will support Jagex, "will continue to develop the core franchise of RuneScape by investing in R&D and increasing the content release rate, as well as launching new products to diversify its product portfolio and engage with a wider range of players. Community interaction to promote the growth of Jagex".
Phil Mansell, CEO of Jagex said: "I am very pleased that Carlyle Investments has partnered with Jagex. Carlyle believes in the potential of JAJEX, our growth vision, and will support us in accelerating our multi-year growth strategy. We will continue to expand our game team. , To create and provide more exciting content for RuneScape and Old School RuneScape, we will continue to create exciting experiences for players, develop our global community, develop new games to expand and further explore the world of RuneScape, and provide loans for our expertise It is to release third-party games from like-minded online game developers and invest in strong technology and talent to support all of this."
In the past few years, Jagex has been committed to ownership. In 2016, it was sold to a Chinese conglomerate for US$300 million, a mining company lacking technical expertise. Finally, Jagex was sold to Macarthur Fortune Holding, a US holding company, in May 2020. But this does not affect the price of RS gold, players can rest assured.