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Old School RuneScape also known as OSRS is Jagex's official term for a previous version of the Runescape game that was introduced from a backup of the Runescape source code as it had been on 10 August 2007.

This version of the game was announced in a news post on 13 February 2013, which was followed by the opening of a poll to determine community interest on 15 February 2013. The poll, which ended 1 March 2013, decided, among other things, whether an additional membership fee would be charged for access to the game.

The poll ended at 00:00 UTC on Friday 1 March 2013. The final tally of votes was 449,351. Though 500,000 votes are needed to allow no additional membership fee, Jagex stated that the first six months of Old School RuneScape will not have any additional charge. Currently, Old School RuneScape is only open to players with active memberships with a limited trial version for free-to-play users.

Despite it having originally been stated that servers would take one to two months to be opened following a successful poll, on 22 February 2013 as part of an Early Access scheme, Jagex opened over 50 Old School RuneScape servers and gave a month of free Old School RuneScape membership credit to it to all of those who had voted in the poll. The game quickly saw player counts equalling those of the main version of the game, which has since been labelled "EOCscape" by the community in order to distinguish it.

Old School RuneScape works similarly to RuneScape Classic in that players can use their main accounts to access both games. However, any accomplishments such as: stats, items and quests are separate and non-transferable. All players, regardless of achievements in other versions of the game, begin Old School RuneScape on tutorial island with a new character.

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