If you’re playing competitive games, communication is key. However, a lot of big titles oddly skip out on robust, in-game voice options.

For years, third-party services like Ventrilo have filled the voice chat gap in PC gaming. However, Curse is arguing that developers need to work harder on their in-game options.

“For developers, online gaming is a constant struggle in innovation,” Curse noted in a press release sent to GamesBeat. “Finding new ways to make a game successful and build a thriving community around any title is hard work. It’s no surprise that developers tend to leave some of the nuances of a good multiplayer experience to their community. Voice chat is no exception, and for the many competitive multiplayer and co-op titles released on a yearly basis, few bother to include any kind of integrated voice communication features at all.”

Curse is best known for its PC clients that easily download and install add-ons for games like World of Warcraft and Minecraft. However, it has also created Curse Voice, its own voice chat program. Unlike Ventrilo, Curse Voice has in-game overlays with select titles, so players don’t need to alt-tab out of their game to change voice options. It has hit 1.3 Million active accounts since launching in May, 2014.


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Curse Voice is compatible with PC games like League of Legends, Smite, and Robocraft. Competitive gaming is becoming a huge business. The market is currently worth $621 million, according to intelligence firm SuperData Research. Curse noted in a press release sent to GamesBeat that Robocraft saw a 258 percent increase in active players after it integrated Curse Voice, proving that improved voice options can help grow a game’s community.

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