Old School RuneScape mobile game won the inaugural EE Mobile Game of the Year Award, held at the 2019 BAFTA Games Awards on April 4th, 2019. Featured for the first time in British Academy Games Awards history, the 2019 mobile games category also included heavy competition, with games like Fortnite Mobile, Brawl Stars, Pokémon Go, Roblox, and Clash Royale. This new category was presented to the development team of RuneScape Old School by DanTDM, the prominent YouTube gamer.
“First of all, thank you so much to the academy for putting us in the same category with such phenomenal games…”
– Said Paul Gower, one of three brothers and main developers at Jagex Limited, the video game developer from Britain who is behind Old School RuneScape. He then continued to say how it was a challenge for the entire Jagex team to adapt such a large game to mobile devices and lastly he thanked the player community.
Jagex is founded by Paul, Ian, and Andrew Gower, along with Constant Tedder back in 2000. RuneScape is their first and best-known concept, and it is officially the largest FTP MMO RPG. Old School RuneScape was initially released in 2013 and has since enjoyed huge commercial and critical success. The gaming community is particularly strong and vocal, which the Jagex team consults often on their project, which is one of the reasons people are so happy with the game. The mobile versions of Old School RuneScape for Android and iOS were released in late 2018.
This was the 15th British Academy Video Game Awards and the new category of EE Best Mobile Game of the Year Award was introduced, with the winner being chosen by the public instead of the BAFTA committee. This is undoubtedly the reason the largest MMO game, Old School RuneScape won in such steep competition. All titles nominated are top notch games and all are arguably deserving of the reward, but kudos to Jagex and all participants!