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Curse Inc. and Hi-Rez Studios Announce Integration Between Curse Inc.’s Curse Voice, and Hi-Rez Studios’ Poplar Game, SMITE

July 11, 2014



HUNTSVILLE, Ala. & ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Curse Inc. a leading video game media and technology company, and Hi-Rez Studios, creators of the popular online video game, SMITE, announced today the availability of a new integration between Curse Inc.’s VoIP communication platform, Curse Voice, and SMITE. This integration will allow players to easily create and enter voice sessions in-game. In addition, Curse Voice will automatically detect players on the same team already running the software and will prompt them to enter a voice session with a click of a button.

Curse Voice is a new, VoIP communication platform designed for gamers to compliment the gaming experience. The communication platform is easy to use and doesn’t require players to leave the game they are playing in order to connect to a voice chat with teammates. It boasts some of the lowest latency times of any VoIP communication platform on the market. The software also adds an extra layer of security for users by not requiring any personally identifiable information, which can compromise a user’s IP address and open them up to attacks.

"We are very excited to integrate to Curse Voice and to offer this much requested service to our users," said Todd Harris, Chief Operating Officer of Hi-Rez Studios. "Our developers have been using Curse Voice internally for a while, and are all addicted to it!"

“Curse is excited to be working directly with Hi-Rez Studios to enhance in-game communication and provide a greater overall play experience,” said Curse CEO, Hubert Thieblot. He continued “The integration with SMITE made perfect sense because of the competitive nature of the game and the need for players to use a voice communication platform to perform at their best.”

To kick-off this partnership, Curse and SMITE are offering 200 free in-game gems to anyone who plays a game of SMITE using Curse Voice between July 11 and August 18, 2014. Additionally, one person who plays SMITE from July 11 – 18, 2014 using Curse Voice will be entered to win an additional 8000 gems. For more information on the promotion, please visit http://www.curse.com/news/smite/49603.

About Curse

Founded in 2006, Curse Inc. is an online media and technology company focused on gaming. Reaching more than 50 million unique visitors worldwide and more than one billion page views per month according to ComScore data, Curse is one of the world’s largest and fastest growing gaming information companies. Curse empowers gamers with premium tools, resources and content resulting in an enriched, authentic, and more enjoyable gaming experience. Worldwide, gamers depend on Curse for the tools and expertise they need to take their gaming to the next level. Curse Inc. is headquartered in Huntsville, AL.

About Hi-Rez Studios

Hi-Rez Studios was established in 2005 to create exceptional online interactive entertainment. In 2010 the company released their first title, the squad-based shooter MMO Global Agenda. The company released the critically acclaimed Tribes: Ascend in 2012, and today released the action 3D MOBA game SMITE, the Battleground of the Gods.

For more information, visit www.hirezstudios.com or contact press@hirezstudios.com.




Curse, Inc.

Heather Hathaway, 256-772-8033, 256-603-3172 (cell)

hhathaway@curse.com

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