Last month I asked if Raptr was dead. Now it seems that I asked the question close to the point where there would be no doubt.
I peeked over at the site today and found a notification on the main page with a link to a press release.
The press release announced the end of the service.
September 1, 2017
Today we are announcing that we will be shutting down Raptr on September 30, 2017. The world is different today than when we first launched Raptr. Microsoft, Nvidia, and AMD all have their own game optimization tools now and they do a fine job. So it’s time for us to get out of the way.
We are sad to say goodbye to Raptr. Many of you have invested a lot of time on Raptr so if you’d like to export your tracked gameplay data, follow the instructions below:
- Go to Raptr.com
- Sign in to your Raptr account
- Once you are signed in, click here to get your gameplay data.
If you have any other questions, please send us feedback.
We are proud of the service we built and the community who helped grow Raptr to be used by millions of gamers worldwide. Thank you for your support for the past 10 years.
Dennis “Thresh” Fong
Co-founder and CEO
It is nice that you can get a JSON file with your play time records in it. Not sure what I will do with that, but I can sock it away in a directory to rediscover some day.
Here at the end of the service, my final top five games ranked by play time tracked are:
- World of Warcraft
- EVE Online
- Lord of the Rings Online
And so it goes. You can look at the site for the remainder of the month. After that it is likely to be some sort of link ad site and all that will be left is a Wikipedia entry and whatever the Internet Archive saved off. Gamer social networks are not a viable business.
Addendum: Raptr sent out an email update about its shut down which was pretty much identical to the quote above, but which also included this tidbit:
Note: If you are a Plays.tv user, we want you to know Plays.tv launched as an independent company in January 2017 and is not affected by Raptr’s shutting down.
So I guess we know what Thresh is up to; trying to make Plays.tv a thing.