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Streaming serviceTwitchhas closed a deal to acquire multimedia technology company Curse, Twitchannounced today. Twitch hasnt announced specific details, but said the partnership will help gamers connect, interact, and share information with one another.
Curse has been an integral and broad part of the the competitive gaming community for a while now, including a database of gaming-related wikis, a network of gaming news websites, a VoIP service, MMO mods, and a formerLeague of Legendsteam.
Last year, Riot Games invested in Curse in a $30 million dollar deal, which some assumed was specifically for the VoIP service. However, theres been no real demonstration of Curses presence inLeague of Legendssince the buyout. Additionally, Twitch made no notice of Riot in the todays acquisition announcement, though Twitch and Riot are clear partners in some matters, including the broadcast of Riots esports events.
Esports conglomerates are in the making.
The larger picture is that esports conglomerates are in the making. Amazon, who owns Twitch, now gains many services to the community it previously lacked. Twitch also notably acquired theGood Game esports agencyin 2014.
The decision to purchase Curse follows the trend of Tencent, the company that owns Riot and funded the most-recent VoIP Discord, who also justinvestedinto the Chinese live streaming service Douyu.
With esports growing more and more prominent, its only a matter of time until well-performing companies and services, like Curse and Discord, attract the eyes of the biggest companies in the world.
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