Discord is about more than just gaming

Shawn Knight

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Forward-looking: When Discord launched in May 2015, it did so under the guise of a communications app for gamers. In recent years, however, many people started using the app to chat about things other than video games. Now, the company is moving to embrace a wider range of users.

In a blog published earlier today, co-founders Jason Citron and Stanislav Vishnevskiy said they have streamlined the new user onboard experience and added additional server templates to help newcomers get going. They’ve also increased video and voice capacity by 200 percent and squashed hundreds of bugs as part of their continued investment in performance and reliability.

While Discord isn’t rebranding in the traditional sense (by changing its name), the company is launching a new website and introducing a new tagline: Your place to talk.

Usage of Discord and competing chat / collaboration platforms has skyrocketed in recent months as shelter-in-place orders stemming from the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic forced millions to work remotely over the Internet.

As a result, Discord currently enjoys more than 100 million monthly active users who collectively rack up around four billion minutes of conversations each day across 6.7 million active servers. On a weekly scale, it averages closer to 26 billion minutes of conversation on some 13.5 million active servers.

Do you have any personal experience with Discord? How does it compare to rival group chat apps like Slack or Teams? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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H3llion

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Yes, Discord is about more than gaming: its also about supporting terrorism, racism and Marxism. They fully endorse the radical hate group called Black Lives Matter and have branded all white people as racists.
what ya smokin' geez? Pretty bold claims. Pretty sure if they supported terrorism, there would be no more Discord.

BLM movement is a different matter, still do not see it as a hate group tho. You have extremists everywhere.
 

Plutoisaplanet

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I’d say Discord is about as prevalent as Reddit. The main difference is Reddit lets you discuss news with the public while Discord lets communities gather and chat (whether that’s public or private). Discord rebranding just solidifies the other ways it’s already being used besides for gaming or specific interests.
 
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psycros

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what ya smokin' geez? Pretty bold claims. Pretty sure if they supported terrorism, there would be no more Discord.

BLM movement is a different matter, still do not see it as a hate group tho. You have extremists everywhere.
Nothing bold about it - its on their website, in statements from their founders and a few other sources that are highly credible...and, of course, your own eyes and ears. Their a self-proclaimed revolutionary group that supports the elimination of things like the traditional family, freedom of speech, the free market and pretty much everything that America was built upon. The fact that BLM hasn't yet been branded a domestic terror group is solely due to their wielding the invincible race card, which so far is proving to be a very effective defense against both criticism and arrests for their many crimes.
 

Ravey

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Discord is my favourite platform right now, It's a shame they took down thier game library but it was probably better to cut losses rather than struggle on with something that didn't take off as planned..

Sound quality is always fantastic and video and screen sharing is very easy to use. Even thier quirky patch updates are a great, down to earth read at times. Oh and the odd time I have had to contact support, again they have been very down to earth, quick to respond and extremely helpful!

My gaming friends have been a huge support for me during the covid crisis and Discord has definitly been a huge boon to the entire gamining community.