Twitch acquires popular video game community and software maker Curse

Twitch acquires popular video game community and software maker Curse

Twitch acquires popular video game community and software maker Curse

Written by Staff Writer

17 Aug, 2016 | 5:07 pm

Live streaming video platform Twitch (a subsidiary of Amazon) is doubling down on video games with the acquisition of a significant player in the world of video game communities: Curse. The terms of the deal are undisclosed and Twitch declined to comment beyond the official announcement.

Curse operates myriad websites and services — some of them were created in-house over the past few years, others were acquired. In 2006, Curse started with a website that offered mods for World of Warcraft.

While World of Warcraft is past its prime time, the company managed to create new communities for new games with huge audiences. For instance, Curse operates database and guide websites for League of Legends, World of Warcraft and NFL games, video game news sites, many different high-traffic forums around Minecraft, Pokémon, Diablo III and Hearthstone, and all the GamePedia wikis.

The company also has various mod databases. That’s quite a lot — more than 30 million people visit Curse’s properties every month. In addition, the company has recently launched a product for computers simply calledCurse.

This is a TeamSpeak competitor so that you can meet up with your online buddies and play together. It integrates an IRC-like chat feature that lets you chat with your teams, a VoIP feature so you can coordinate with your teammates while you play and, yes, streamer tools to make it easier to stream on Twitch or YouTube Gaming.

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