The issue is OSRS gold getting them to play, would being on things like steam assistance that? Maybe, but it is not sure. I might be talking out of my bum, but steam has games using their own launchers. The RuneScape client has its own launcher, only without a user interface that is fancy. They would just need to have the wrapper on steam/epic, and that would only need to be upgraded when there are significant client updates where you need to redownload it in the website (which doesn't happen often, right?). Not sure how they'd manage revenue sharing. All RuneScape purchases are done not and through a weblink in RuneScape match, but they could mplement a steam shop.
Yep lots of steam games have their launchers but from what I have seen they still handle upgrades via steam instead of via the launcher. Which means every week they'd be pushing updates through steam in addition to via Apple, android and the current desktop client.
Ohh and valve would like you to include steam wallet instead even in link shops. And any in RuneScape game purchases need to be locked so that a participant accessing via steam can simply pay via steam. Basically you can't blame them but it's filled with negatives from jagex's perspective. You also have the update process in general, I don't understand what type of lead time steam want with updates being pushed and if this would work with how often RS is upgraded. Many mmos have their own launcher, and the launcher is only updated by steam upgrades. The launcher is kept by steam up the launcher patches RuneScape, completely out of steam.
How can you know this? Certainly you shouldn't be so delusional to believe that your armchair knowledge 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 company that's gaining record profits while using a dwindling player base (RS3). Being a company doesn't mean you god when it comes to those decisions. Hell, they didn't even contemplate OSRS that was be a huge success, and until gamers started complaining and petitioning about it.
I guess they must not understood how popular it was even though people had been begging for it. Sure, they don't always know. My point is not Jagex is all-knowing and can be counted on to consistently make the proper decisions, that. It's without contemplating the full picture that a great deal of players make suggestions.
RuneScape moving to monthly updates
Of course the majority of the opinions will be"haven't they already done that" but allows actually have a conversation. They are officially changing the anticipation from every Monday having something to it only being a month. Seems as though they are going for the close of the month as a release point for each of their upgrades. They have done this in the past, but its nice to know that buy RS gold updates are coming in the close of the month and they use the month to build hype for that upgrade, sort of like the way they declared Desperate Measures 20 days before its release.