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RuneScape frees up tens of millions of dormant account names: Who will become the new ‘King_Elf’?

29 th August 2014:   The multi-award winning fantasy MMORPG, RuneScape, has announced that it is to free up millions of long-term dormant account names for use in the game. Sixty-six million character names, out of the 220 million player accounts created since its 2001 launch, will again become available for use. For the first time in over a decade, someone can give themselves such ‘illustrious’ names as, Lord_Mage, King_Elf, Fonz, and even … GaryBarlow.

Approximately 20 percent of the dormant accounts – around 13 million – will be released ready for new owners this week alone. The first batch of character names were made available to the RuneScape community on 5 th and 13 th August, with such ‘desirable’ titles as Banksy, ElloEllo, and C akelord up for grabs. Further character names will be released in the weeks ahead.

For the first 24 hours after the release of each batch, players who want to change their name will require a minimum total level of 1,000 to do so. This allows those who have invested their time in RuneScape to grab the name they want ahead of newer account holders. Once the 24 hours have passed, all members will be eligible.

The release of millions of dormant names comes after RuneScape celebrated strong growth of 20 percent in both subscribers and active players in July this year alone.

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