82 million strong, the German gaming market is not one to be underestimated. Recently, German gamers bestowed on Runes of Magic one of it’s highest honors: Best International PC Game 2009.
In a public vote, players from across Germany entered their ballots for favorite games of 2009. While Runes of Magic found itself at the top of the pile, it had tight competition from Risen and Anno 1404. The award ceremony was held at the Essen Lichtburg, Germany’s largest film theatre.
Runes of Magic is a free-to-play MMORPG that’s published by Frogster and developed by Taiwan based Runewalker Entertainment. Frogster board member Dirk Weyel was on hand to accept the award on behalf of both companies. “We are thrilled to receive this trophy, especially with it being one awarded by actual players themselves. We would expressly like to thank our community and we’ll continue to work intensively on offering players the maximum of fun with Runes of Magic.”
In combination with the award, Frogster also recently announced that they’d cleared a significant industry milestone, with over 2.5 million registered players coming from the US, Europe and Korea. To celebrate both the award and this registered player milestone, Frogster is awarding every player that’s level 11 or above with 100 Rubies (in-game currency).
The Best International PC Game 2009 award from the German market is certainly a plume in Frogster’s cap, and a great score for the free-to-play industry as a whole. And if this award wasn’t enough, Runes of Magic is also in the running with Massively’s End-of-the-Year Reader’s Choice Awards. Runes of Magic was selected by editors, and entered in a number of categories. Balloting is open until December 31st and can be found here.