Raptr

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Raptr
Raptr logo.jpg
Raptr logo
Web address http://raptr.com/
Commercial Yes
Type of site
Social Networking
Registration Required
Available in English
Users 22 million[1] (March 2014)
Created by Dennis Fong[2]
Launched September 3, 2008
Alexa rank
Decrease 21,093 (Global 05/2015)
Current status Active

In computing, Raptr, a social-networking website and instant messenger developed by Raptr, Inc., targets video-game players. Dennis Fong, co-founder of Xfire, founded the company Raptr, Inc. in 2007; it is located in Mountain View, California. The company has raised 12 million dollars in funding from investors including Accel Partners and Founders Fund.

Software[edit]

The client, which is a downloadable application for Microsoft Windows, supports Yahoo! Instant Messenger, GTalk, Windows Live Messenger, Xfire, ICQ, and Facebook Chat protocols and allows users to import their Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, and Steam accounts. It also includes other features such as game/achievements tracking, in-game overlay, and game management. Raptr offers a few images showing a user's game statistics for use in signatures.

Screenshot of the Raptr client interface which a user can download.

On the website, users add video games to their profile, as well as track game play time and achievements, share reviews, game related information, and game activity. Raptr lets users publish their gaming accomplishments to sites like Twitter, Plurk, FriendFeed, and Facebook.

Raptr launched in a closed beta on February 2, 2008,[3] and launched an open beta to the public on September 3, 2008.[4]

Raptr has partnerships with video game publishers Activision & Ijji, and the Raptr client was bundled with the PC release of Red Faction: Guerrilla.[5][6] In December 2009, Raptr partnered with Gamespot to provide both communities with extra features.[7]

In 2014, Raptr rebooted its business plan to focus on PC gamers. Dennis Fong stated "the biggest pain point for PC gamers is the weakness of the platform as a whole. Everybody has a different kind of PC. There are a million different configurations for playing games. We help gamers get the best experience every time they play” and adding "we have reinvented ourselves with a focus on PC gaming". Raptr then teamed up with AMD to promote optimization of games on AMD graphics cards.[8] Raptr also partnered with Twitch.tv to provide 'one-click' streaming in their desktop app.[9] In 2015, Raptr announced an end for console support, citing the growing PC market and changes to Xbox Live and PlayStation Network which created difficulties in updating features.[10]

In March 2015 Raptr launched Plays.tv, a gaming video clip sharing service.[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gamer social network Raptr reboots as a PC gaming communication platform". VentureBeat. September 3, 2013. Retrieved March 12, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Raptr Company Profile". CrunchBase. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  3. ^ "Raptr Gaming Network Opens For Private Beta". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  4. ^ "Raptr Launches 1337 Gaming Network To The Public". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  5. ^ "Raptr, NHN USA Partner to Help Players Connect across ijji.com's [Reactor] Suite of Free-to-Play Games". Reuters. 
  6. ^ Bailey, Kat (2009-07-22). "Raptr Announces Partnerships With THQ And Activision". 1UP.com. 
  7. ^ Gomez, Ricardo (2009-12-16). "Raptr and GameSpot Partnership is Now Live!". Raptr.com. 
  8. ^ "Gamer social network Raptr reboots as a PC gaming communication platform". venturebeat.com. Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  9. ^ Davison, Pete (19 July 2013). "Raptr Adds One-Click Twitch Streaming to Desktop App". Retrieved 1 August 2016. 
  10. ^ "Raptr to end console support - VideoGamer.com". Retrieved 1 August 2016. 
  11. ^ Takahashi, Dean (March 31, 2015). "Raptr launches Plays.tv gameplay video sharing and raises $14M". VentureBeat. Retrieved November 30, 2015. 

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