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Thresh's Raptr Launches Multi-Network IM Client

Wednesday Raptr, the "social platform" for gamers, launched a multi-network IM client--based on Adobe's AIR platform--that enables users to connect to seven different networks: AIM, Yahoo, MSN (Xbox Live), Google Talk, Xfire, ICQ, and even the chat portion of Facebook. The move should pose a certain threat to Cerulean Studios' Trillian IM client for the PC, and Adium, another multi-network client for the Mac. Thanks to Adobe AIR, Raptr works on both the PC and Mac without the need to download and install separate clients.

The Raptr Blog says that the Dashboard is now integrated within the new IM client, bringing together the features found on Raptor's website and the end-user's games all in one window. "Add in the original functionality of launching games straight from the client, automatically updating your games, automatic gameplay/achievement tracking, and knowing what your friends are playing real-time, the Raptr client is the best way to supplement your gaming lifestyle," said Raptr community manager Allen Wang's in a recent blog.

Raptr is a social utility for gaming kick-started by CEO and Founder Dennis "Thresh" Fong. Raptr allows end-users to connect with gaming friends and see what they're playing, whether its via PC games, Flash games, or on the Xbox 360. Raptor can recognize over 32,000 different games including Flash-embedded titles found on many websites (cough). Anyone on the list can see what the end-user is playing, quoting something like "exfileme is playing Unreal Tournament 3."

According to Tech Crunch, Raptr has scored "some major deals" with big-mae game publishers such as Activision Blizzard, THQ, Sony Online Entertainment, and more. The big appeal in Raptor is its viral effect: when friends see other friends playing a certain title, it may prompt them to purchase a copy and play as well.

Now that Raptr has released a multi-network IM client, that viral effect will infect seven different networks, making it a gaming epidemic and ultimately stuff more cash into the pockets of gaming executives.