Game optimization and achievement service Raptr has had its CEO Dennis Fong announce that Raptr will be shutting down September 30, 2017.
“We are sad to announce that we will be closing Raptr on September 30th, 2017. We want to start by thanking you for your support over the past 10 years. The world is different today than when we first launched Raptr. Many companies offer game optimization 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.” – Dennis Fong CEO Raptr
The service, which came online just over nine years ago in 2008, was founded in 2007 by Dennis Fong as an achievement service similar to Xbox Live. The service has had a rough time over the past decade, struggling to evolve to fit an ever-changing gaming industry.
For those worried about Plays.tv, have no fear, as the service will not be affected by Raptr’s closure. Fong stated that Plays.tv has been their “primary focus” for a few years now and that this scenario is similar to “what happened with Twitch and Justin.tv” as Plays.tv was spun out of Raptr previously, meaning it is its own company.
For those that are still using the service, be sure to make your peace with its eventual demise, as the service will begin shutting off accounts and disabling features September 30. If you have used Raptr and want to export your game history, there is a simple way of doing so. Login to Raptr.com and then click here to get your gameplay data.
Oh well. Not much to say about this really. It sucks for those that use this service, but if Raptr had found a niche, it wouldn’t be in this situation right now. Fong doesn’t really seem all hung up on this anyway, so why should we? It hasn’t been relevant for a long while anyway. If you want something similar, check out Evolve, which has recently received funding and looks like a relatively stable app to invest your time into.
What do you think of Raptr shutting down? Did you ever use the service? If so, did you have any memories of it you want to share? Let us know in the comments!