Gaming network Raptr raises $15 million

Ronny Kerr · February 10, 2011 · Short URL:

After surpassing six million members, Raptr ready to expand and attract more gamers to its community

Social gaming network Raptr announced Thursday that it has raised a $15 million Series B round of funding led by DAG Ventures with participation from new investor Tenaya Capital and existing investor Accel Partners. 
The company has raised $27 million to date.
In tandem with the funding, Raptr also revealed that its service has attracted six and a half million members. The website sees over a million unique visitors daily and 5.5 million unique visitors monthly. Out of the 43,579 games in the Raptr network, top franchises include Call of Duty, Warcraft, Zynga and Assassin’s Creed. (For more juicy data, like minutes logged on the service and the top game franchises, check out the infographic embedded at the bottom of this post.)
Raptr provides a platform for gamers to chat while playing their favorite games. Users can talk to friends on any of a handful of networks, including AIM, Yahoo, MSN, Xfire, GTalk, ICQ, Facebook and Xbox Live.
If any of those friends are playing on Xbox Live, Playstation or Steam accounts, you can see what games they’re playing in real-time and join in. Raptr doesn’t just show the game, but also specific details like map, ping and game mode. Users can themselves use Raptr to broadcast to Facebook and Twitter what PC, Xbox 360 or Flash games they’re playing at any given moment.
Beyond just these communication features, Raptr provides a platform for tracking in-game achievements, rating and reviewing games, and staying up to date on the most popular games.
The service is completely free to use. It might not be the only social gaming network on the Web, but now it has the funds for a better chance of beating out some of the competition.

Raptr was founded in 2007 by Dennis Fong, a retired professional gamer who also co-founded Xfire, a social networking site for gamers.

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Raptr is a Silicon Valley based startup that has built a revolutionary social games platform to change the way people play and discover games they like and share their gaming experiences with friends. Raptr makes gaming more fun and social by automatically sharing your gaming achievements and stats with friends while putting an end to the frustrating process of finding and downloading game patches and updates.

Acting as a "Windows Update for games," the Raptr client keeps your games up to date seamlessly using background downloads and a lightweight interface. Raptr automatically tracks your gaming stats and achievements and shares them with your friends. With Raptr, you can see what your friends are playing, what they've recently downloaded, and how they're doing in those games. Raptr also enables you to receive recommendations for new games you might like or meet players who share similar gaming tastes. Raptr is the home for your gaming life.

Founded in 2007 by Xfire co-founder and world champion gamer Dennis Fong, Raptr is backed by several million dollars in funding from an all-star group of investors.