Jagex’s Transformers Universe MMORPG puts the toy-box robots onto the battlefield


Right outside of Jagex’s foyer is parked a hulking black tank. At the back of the foyer – just before the entryway to a large, bright three-storey atrium – you’ll see lift doors decorated to look like those of a TARDIS and a Jules Verne submarine. Behind the reception desk, there’s a large flatscreen TV displaying a fast-paced trailer with a constantly increasing number overlaying it. Right now, it’s at over 204 million – the number of accounts that RuneScape has amassed over its nearly 11-year lifespan (though, due to a quirk of legacy registration systems, the figure’s really closer to 208 million). And opposite, above a large and voluptuously contoured purple sofa, are pictures of titanic Transformers in heroic poses.

How Jagex is enlisting the Runescape community in its ongoing fight against bots


To someone not deeply invested in an MMOG that rewards grinding, the fuss over botting might be difficult to grasp. After all, not everybody has the time to invest hours into the busywork required to rise up through the ranks in such large-scale adventures, so where’s the harm in employing some cheap, automated labour to mine or deforest in your absence?