The Raptr social network for games is shutting down

The Raptr social network for games is shutting down
Sean Cleaver

By Sean Cleaver

September 7th 2017 at 3:25PM

The service it provides is 'no longer necessary' according to Raptr CEO

UPDATE: Develop received an email to clarify that Plays.tv became a separate entity in a January 2017 and that its services are in no way affected by the closure of Raptr.


 

In this day and age of analytics, easily shareable content and chat apps such as Discord, it surprising that there haven't been more casualties in this area. But Raptr, the third part app for optimising performance, chatting and capturing gaming clips is shutting down.

The company had been quiet since May when it announced it was working with Intel to help optimise games using Intel chips. However, on September 1st, a press release went live to say the service will be starting to shut down from September 30th.

"We want to start by thanking you for your support over the past 10 years," said Raptr co-founder and CEO, Dennis Fong. "The world is different today than when we first launched Raptr. Many companies offer game optimisation tools. Having an independent platform to do this is no longer necessary. We are proud of the service we built and the community who helped grow Raptr. Thank you, once again, for your support."

For users who want to export their game play history on Raptr, they can do so by signing in and following a link to do so, but that has to be done before September 30th. According to the company's website, the service had over 40 million users and a strong community.

The company started in 2007 and had a reboot back in 2014. The company also attempted to capture an esports audience with Plays.tv for collecting game recordings and sharing them.