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Twitch Acquires Curse, Its Sites, Tools For Gamers, and Databases (venturebeat.com) 25

An anonymous reader writes from a report via VentureBeat: The Amazon-owned, game-streaming site Twitch has announced today that it has acquired Curse, a company that creates programs like voice clients, databases, and mod managers for PC games for some 30 million users. Twitch did not disclose how much they paid for Curse. VentureBeat reports: "Twitch has more than 100 million users a month, and it has helped to popularize new trends gaming like esports and the rise of influencers and personalities who create fanbases that watch them (and donate money to them) while they play. Curse has over 30 million users a month across its website, social media channels, and desktop applications. The company hosts popular websites for hit PC games like Hearthpwn for Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft and MMO Champion for World of Warcraft. Outside of its site, Twitch hasn't made many services for gamers. It could use this acquisition to extend a reach into that field."
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Twitch Acquires Curse, Its Sites, Tools For Gamers, and Databases

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  • by Woldscum ( 1267136 ) on Tuesday August 16, 2016 @05:57PM (#52716625)

    This is a move at Discord, Raidcall and Teamspeak. Twitch will have its own now in the Curse app. Also Curse just took in all of FTB (Feed The Beast). Making it the largest modded Minecraft launcher hands down.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      TeamSpeak is so horrible under the hood that I have no sympathy if it dies away. I hosted a couple of TS servers for several years until I finally moved to Mumble. It's secure (cert-based auth/encryption), FOSS and the latencies are incredibly low. The GUI should get an overhaul soon, too.

      • I hosted a couple of TS servers for several years until I finally moved to Mumble.

        For the longest time I had a difficult time getting my friends to switch to Mumble from Ventrilo a few years back but when I finally got them to switch they would never go back. What it was like before Mumble was awful because there were only a couple of proprietary Windows-only voice chat software with outrageous licensing fees for anything more than like 5 users.

        • by Rakarra ( 112805 )

          I hosted a couple of TS servers for several years until I finally moved to Mumble.

          For the longest time I had a difficult time getting my friends to switch to Mumble from Ventrilo a few years back but when I finally got them to switch they would never go back.

          I'm conflicted. Once it's installed, it works, but Mumble is a PAIN to set up because their audio wizards screw up a lot. Every time I get someone new into the raid, they have to download and set up mumble (few groups use it anymore, most people use TS or Ventrilo). It's almost always a pain in the ass because you have to debug why sound recording is not working even after going through all the damned steps. It's become a disincentive to inviting new people in because it's a frustrating experience for them,

  • by joelsherrill ( 132624 ) on Tuesday August 16, 2016 @07:09PM (#52716899) Homepage

    Just curious if Curse will be left here in Huntsville. Curse's website sends you to Twitch which has no info.

    • Highly doubt it.

      Curse opened an office in Irvine recently (past year or so) which I suspected at the time was a move to court someone in California into buying Curse. I called back when they announced the opening of the office, amusingly (I've got friends that work at Curse and also at other local game companies in that region). Why they needed to open an office there for this, I'm not sure; but I suspected it due to the proximity of Blizzard & Riot Games.

      I suspect if anything it's possible that Twitch
      • That would be too bad. Huntsville leans pretty heavy on government services for its economy. It is nice to see the engineering talent attract other industries and pretty vital for long term growth.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    If they are now owned by Twitch that means they are owned by Amazon. This is a move to acquire the curse VOIP program for Amazon in an effort to compete with Discord. Since it's now a Twitch product expect heavy Twitch integration and no YouTube streaming integration. This is a move against Microsoft and Google by Amazon. There is certainly some alphabet soup that comes with this move. Something to keep in mind... curse and discord are free which means everything you say or type is the product being so

  • The truth of the matter is that Twitch pissed off a gypsy and has now been cursed. Now the users on Twitch are so annoying that it will make your eyes bleed. THE CURSE IS REAL!

  • by Merk42 ( 1906718 )
    What a horrible night to have a Curse.
  • Will they remove all the malware and virus associated with Curse's "products"?

    I don't use their add-on managers for just that reason

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