RuneScape is an MMORPG developed and published by Jagex Game Studios.
When Jagex announced the release of OSRS, I thought it would be convenient to plot the active populations on each game version together so anyone interested can analyze the data.
. . . it's very interesting.
Every five minutes, a perl script contacts the front page of Runescape and scrapes the displayed number of online players. This is the total number of players in both versions of the game.
A second request scrapes the number of online OSRS players. The difference between the OSRS and total players is the number of EOC players
The data is stored in a database for later retrieval and analysis.
If you have any suggestions or comments about the data, or would simply like to request the data in another format, please contact Misplacedmefirstname.lastname@example.org