Runescape Bank

When you think “cutting edge” and “innovative,” you think “RuneScape,” right? Jagex is trying to get you to think that way, not with the game itself, but with a new way to pay for it.




Starting today, Jagex will now accept cryptocurrency payments for their games, partnering with BitPay and Ayden to allow players to use bitcoins to pay for its games. In case you’re not aware, bitcoins are a type of virtual currency that exist without national regulations and have been in use for years, though their objective value has fluctuated significantly.

David Parrott, Jagex’s payment services director, had this to say:

“Gamers are smart. We know they get tech, and we know that for them the cryptocurrency protocol is cool and here to stay. By allowing our players to pay however they want, we remove any obstacles between them and having fun.”

Microtransaction-based games are all about finding new ways to make people pay for things, so kudos to Jagex for the innovation. Still, I don’t think too many people will be using bitcoins to pay for their games, Jagex or otherwise. Would you?

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Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

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  1. Apoth on February 4, 2015

    funny how they are accepting bitcoins after the recent million dollar hack and seeing how mt gox went downhill. wtf are they thinking? do they even read about bitcoins?

  2. wakawaka on February 4, 2015

    It’s too bad they didn’t do this a year or two ago when Bitcoin was booming. Now instead of it being note worthy it’s just, “neat?”.

  3. Deyirn on February 3, 2015

    RuneScape now looks like World of Warcraft in 2003/4. Probably in another ten years it might look like World of Warcraft today.

    • Jack on February 5, 2015

      It looked that way 5 years ago… now it has it’s own style that suits the graphical limitations it has.

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