• What Games Are: Games Need Their Nielsens Crunch Network

    What Games Are: Games Need Their Nielsens

    With Facebook deciding to hide monthly and daily active users, we have lost the one game platform that could give us reasonably objective data about game performance. We are back to the Dark Ages of vanity metrics as a result. This is something that needs to change. Read More

  • Playfire Hits A Million Users Of Its Analytics For Gamers

    Playfire Hits A Million Users Of Its Analytics For Gamers

    Playfire, a social network designed entirely for console and desktop video gamers launched in 2008. That makes it one of the older social networks, but unlike others of its ilk it has not rested on its laurels. Last year they re-worked the site to run entirely on automatically tracked data. Literally speaking, users can create a profile once and forget about it, allowing the site to track… Read More

  • Raptr, The Social Gaming Network, Launches First Personalized News Feed For Gamers

    There are a lot of companies out there trying to leverage the social graph to make discovering new products, services, or tools — whatever the case may be — easier and more personalized. But, when it comes to games, few do it better than Raptr. For those unfamiliar with the company, Raptr is a social network that revolves around gaming, which allows users to keep tabs on what… Read More

  • Social Gaming Network Raptr Raises $15 Million; Hits 6 Million Users

    Online gaming startup Raptr has raised $15 million in new funding, according to a blog post on the company’s site. This round was led by DAG Ventures with Tenaya Capital and Accel Partners participating. In total, Raptr has raised $27 million. Raptr’s mission is simple: to make it easy to play games with your friends. Essentially, Raptr is a social networking platform for gamers… Read More

  • Raptr Leaves Beta, Makes It Easier To See Which Games Your Friends Are Playing

    Online gaming service Raptr has just dropped its beta tag and launched its 1.0 release, and it’s safe to say that it’s finally living up to its mission statement: to make it easy to play games with your friends. A year ago, Raptr rolled out a multi-protocol chat client that allowed gamers to see what games their friends were playing (this included support for both PC games and… Read More

  • Raptr's New Chat Client Helps Friends Get Their Game On

    It’s clear that online gaming is quickly becoming much more social, with companies like Zynga reportedly bringing in nine figures and the casual gaming market continuing to skyrocket. But there’s still one major problem that’s holding everything back: it’s often impossible to monitor which games your friends are playing and when, especially when they’re playing… Read More

  • Raptr Launches 1337 Gaming Network To The Public

    Raptr, the social network that revolves around gaming, has launched in public beta. The robust site allows users to keep tabs on what their friends are doing throughout the gaming world, and also offers gaming recommendations, accomplishment updates, and a host of other features. The site is designed to appeal to casual and hardcore gamers alike. In fact, Raptr avoids using the term… Read More

  • Raptr Gaming Network Opens For Private Beta

    Yesterday I wrote briefly about new gaming startup Raptr, formerly called GXL, Inc. Founder (and celebrity gamer) Dennis Fong has now demo’d the product on stage at GDC, and I’ve had the chance to see the product myself. Approximately 100 people are currently in the beta, all friends and family to the Raptr team. Today the company is taking signups for new beta users on their… Read More

  • Gamers, Prepare To Raptr

    Tomorrow at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, attendees will get a peak at Dennis “Thresh” Fong’s newest startup – Raptr. It’s being demo’d as part of the Charles River/GDC launchpad event in the afternoon. Raptr has both desktop software and web service components. The client keeps PC-based games completely up to date behind the scenes… Read More