The issue is getting them to perform, from Sunxuemei's blog

I really don't understand what OSRS gold they are but they are at least likely to include composing a launcher that may work through steam. Steam distributes updates for games on the platform so you have to have a means to get the update. Not impossible tasks but not 5 ones. And that means you have to ask, what could it do? Sure enough steam might potentially increase visibility of RuneScape, but does it need it? Runescape's problem is not that people haven't heard of RuneScape - it's that people do not want to play with it.

The issue is getting them to perform, would that be helped by being on things like steam? But it is not sure. Steam has matches with their launchers, although I might be talking out of my ass here. The RuneScape customer has its own launcher, just without a user interface. They would just have to have the wrapper on steam/epic, which would just have to get updated when there are major client updates in which you need to redownload it from the website (which does not happen frequently, right?). Not sure how they would manage revenue sharing. All of RuneScape purchases are done not and through a weblink in RuneScape match, but they could mplement a steam store for runecoins / keys.

Yep lots of steam games have their own launchers but from what I've seen updates are still handled by them via steam instead of through the launcher. Which means every week they'd be pushing updates via steam in addition to through Apple, android and the present desktop client.

Valve and ohh would like you to add steam wallet instead even in web link stores. And any in RuneScape game purchases need to be secured so that a player accessing through steam can only pay via steam. They want their money, you can't blame them but it is filled with negatives from the perspective of jagex. You also have the upgrade procedure generally, I don't know what kind of lead time steam want with updates being pushed and if this will work with how frequently RS is upgraded. Many, many mmos have their very own launcher, and the launcher is only updated by steam updates. FF14 comes to mind as a case. The launcher is kept by steam up to date, the launcher patches RuneScape, entirely outside of steam.

How do you know this? Certainly you must not be so delusional to think that your armchair understanding is superior to Jagex, a company with hundreds of workers who would have considered the possibility of launching on Steam + done a comprehensive cost-profit analysis.This is a business that's gaining record profits while having a dwindling player foundation (RS3). Being a company does OSRS Money not mean that you're unexpectedly god when it comes to those choices. They didn't even consider OSRS that was be a success, and until players began whining and petitioning about it.

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Added Aug 12 '20



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