International developer and publisher Jagex has announced the acquisition of American company Pipeworks Studios. This first acquisition of an outside studio reflects Jagex’s intentions to expand the team and grow in the North American market.

Jagex is known for its flagship product, RuneScape. In 2012 the number of registered users in the game exceeded 200 million. In 2008, RuneScape was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the most popular free-to-play MMORPG in the world. Later, the game was again included in the book, but in another category: MMORPG, with the most significant number of program updates.

In 2021, Jagex was purchased by Carlyle, an international investment company, to support its growth strategy.

Jagex is excited to welcome Pipeworks into the family. Pipeworks provides an incredible opportunity to attract world-class game development talent

Phil Mansell, CEO of Jagex

Terms of the acquisition of Pipeworks Studios were not disclosed.

History of Pipeworks Studios

Pipeworks are based in Eugene, Oregon. Since its founding in 1999, the company has grown to 200 employees and has worked with Genvid, Activision and EA Sports.

Jagex’s approach, which provides a platform for developers to create content-rich games, aligns with Pipeworks’ model and focus on creating exclusive games and technology. It’s a way for the studio to step up, as everyone brings their own expertise to the partnership

Lindsay Gupton, CEO of Pipeworks Studios
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