Raptr’s sure been on the rise lately, and as a long-standing fan of the service, I’m glad to see it. If I were to query a group of gamers last summer and ask if they knew what Raptr was, chances are good that I wouldn’t get a great response back. Counter that to today, where the situation is far different, thanks in large part to AMD’s decision to choose Raptr as its “Gaming Evolved” platform.
As of five months ago, Raptr enjoyed a userbase of about 18 million. Today that number sits at 22 million. The company is also proud to admit that as of this month, the service is gaining an additional 1.5 million users per month – simply incredible given the service has been around for over five years. While AMD and its Gaming Evolved program has undoubtedly brought many more members in thanks to its customized client, I’m willing to bet it’s brought in even more to the regular client, simply because of all the word-of-mouth that’s going around.
Not sure what Gaming Evolved is? Well, this past fall, AMD saw it fit to compete with NVIDIA’s GeForce Experience – and in my opinion, this was a smart move. GeForce Experience makes it very easy for gamers to quickly optimize a large number of games, and while I’m totally capable of doing that manually, even I’ve taken the easy road out because of how well it works and because of the hassle it saves.
That said, AMD does have one benefit over NVIDIA: It’s offering a rewards program. I talked about this a couple of weeks ago, and so far, it seems to be well-received, given many of my friends jumped right on that bandwagon. Just how attractive the program will look down the road, we’ll have to wait and see.
Either way, with this growth, hopefully it means Raptr will only continue to get even better.