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Jagex's Potential $1.1 Billion Acquisition

Nathan Lees
Nathan Lees

Jagex, the esteemed developer behind the legendary MMORPG RuneScape, is currently in discussions for a monumental buyout valued at $1.1 billion by CVC Capital Partners, a prominent Luxembourg-based private equity firm. This news comes on the heels of revelations that Jagex's current owner, Carlyle Group, is considering offloading the company, showcasing the immense value and legacy of the RuneScape brand.

RuneScape's journey through the gaming world has been nothing short of epic. With a history spanning over two decades, it has attracted nearly half a billion users, cementing its status as one of the most iconic MMORPGs ever. The game's potential acquisition by CVC Capital Partners, a firm with a staggering $150 billion worth of assets, including stakes in medical organizations, sports teams, retail brands, and gaming companies like Gaming1 and Razer, signifies a significant investment in the gaming industry, potentially the largest in CVC's portfolio.

This would mark the fourth change in ownership for Jagex, with each sale significantly increasing its valuation. From IVP's $150 million purchase in 2012 to Fukong's acquisition for $350 million in 2016, and Carlyle Group's $530 million buyout in 2021, Jagex's value has consistently soared. Now, with a price tag of $1.1 billion, the stakes are higher than ever.

The news of these talks was initially broken by Sky News, an unexpected source for gaming news, highlighting the widespread interest in this deal.

This potential acquisition not only underscores the enduring appeal and financial viability of RuneScape but also signals a new era for Jagex under the stewardship of CVC Capital Partners. As the gaming community watches closely, the future of Jagex and RuneScape remains a topic of intense speculation and excitement.


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