According to most lists found on the Internet, the top three private servers for Runescape are Near Reality, GrinderScape and Runique. There are, though, many more servers available for potential players. Looking through the web, one can find more than 100.000 different private servers for Runescape.
Runescape private servers have been around for more than 10 years. The first one was created in 2004 and initially the game was single player. Even though the very first private server, WinterLove, was not meant to be public, as players began to understand the protocol, more and more developers gained interest in creating a multiplayer environment. Thus, the first multiplayer private server for Runescape was created in 2005 and was named BlackScape.
The game was originally released in 2001 and now has gained worldwide recognition, with more than 200 million registered accounts. The third iteration of the game, Runescape 3, was released in 2013. Runescape holds the Guiness World Record for the world's largest free MMORPG. On average, around 70000 players can be found online per quarter of an hour, making the multiplayer experience particularly pleasant for users. The large number of available private servers gives the opportunity to players to find one that suits their needs.