GameSpot (www.gamespot.com/) announced a partnership with Raptr (http://raptr.com), a free service that makes it easier to play games with your friends. Under the partnership, GameSpot will use social data and technology from Raptr to create applications that let gamers personalize their gaming experience and easily connect with friends and peers who share the same interests and passions.
Beginning in early 2010, when GameSpot users sign up for Raptr, their game play info will surface on GameSpot, including the games they own and the stats, scores and achievements around each game. GameSpot users will also be able to see when friends are playing, show off their achievements and view overall gaming trends. Raptr’s real-time data—alongside GameSpot’s in-depth reviews, news and editorials—will take GameSpot users to a new level of understanding about what is happening in games now.
Raptr identifies the best-in-breed social networking tools available on the Web today and integrates those tools into one comprehensive service. Gamers can share gaming activity via Facebook and Twitter, as well as communicate via their favorite IM service, share game reviews, and track and compare gaming progress, achievements and scores across multiple platforms, including the PC and Xbox Live. Raptr can be used across a range of game genres and models, including core PC games like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, subscription-based MMOs like World of Warcraft, and free-to-play/social games such as Maplestory and Farmville.
“GameSpot has always prided itself on offering gamers the most complete gaming content experience, not only with our award-winning editorial, but also via our video content, cheats and strategy, and one of the most active gaming communities online,” said Simon Whitcombe, VP/Games, CBS Interactive. “By working with Raptr, we intend to create new ways to personalize the gaming experience for our user-base—from a game progress tracker to a game recommendations engine—the possibilities are endlessly exciting.”