SCUM developer Gamepires has been acquired by RuneScape publisher Jagex

Gamepires, the Croatian development studio behind the multiplayer survival game SCUM now available on Steam, has been acquired by Jagex, publisher of RuneScape, among other titles.

As detailed in a new press release sent today, Jagex will use its expertise in community-driven games and its platform as an international publisher to turn SCUM into a leading open-world survival game.

Jagex CEO Phil Mansell commented on the SCUM developer acquisition, saying the publisher fully believes in the developer’s vision.

“Building gaming communities is the lifeblood of what we do at Jagex, and that shared passion is why we’re thrilled to welcome Gamepires into the fold. We believe in the vision of Tomislav, Andrej, and their talented team who created this open-world survival game, which developed a highly engaged community and grew a business. A strong profitable business. With the support of the Jagex Partners publishing team, together we will make SCUM an even greater global success.”

SCUM Creative Director and Gamepires co-founder Tomislav Pongrac also commented on the acquisition, saying that the partnership with Jagex will give the team the opportunity to take their game to the next level.

“Partnership with Jagex provides us with the opportunity to take SCUM to the next level. Jagex’s world-class reputation as a gamer-driven game development company matches our ethos and will help us grow as an entrepreneur and as a studio. We are very excited to see how we can build on all that we have achieved with SCUM thus far and transfer game to its fullest potential.

SCUM launched back in 2018 on Steam as an Early Access title and quickly became a hit thanks to some very unique features such as an unusual crafting system and a very deep simulation system. More information about the game can be found on the Steam store page.

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SCUM aims to develop an open-world multiplayer survival game with unprecedented levels of character customization, control, and progression, where knowledge and skills are the ultimate weapons for long-term survival. Combining methodical planning and survival management with optional PvP “network events” available to everyone at any time, SCUM strikes a unique balance between complex simulation and intense action in this next generation survival game.

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