At the beginning of April there was a scent of redemption in the air, that of the communication platform Discord by Microsoft. Playing against the forecasts of publications dealing with economic and financial news, the application finally turned its back on the Redmond company and its 10 billion dollars … and shook hands that of Tokyo.
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This Monday, May 3, 2021, Sony Interactive Entertainment and Discord have formalized a partnership between the application and the PlayStation ecosystem. This brand new agreement, which should begin to take shape in early 2022, is Jim Ryan, big boss of the video game branch of Sony, who talks about it in un communiqu that here is transcribed:
At PlayStation, we’re constantly looking for new ways to allow players around the world to connect with each other, form new friendships and communities, and share fun experiences and lasting memories. It is with this in mind that we are delighted to announce a new partnership with Discord, the communications service popularized by gamers and used by more than 140 million people worldwide each month.
Together, our teams are already working hard to connect Discord to your social and gaming experience on PlayStation Network. Our goal is to bring the Discord and PlayStation experiences on console and mobile closer together starting early next year, making it easier for friends, groups and communities to hang out, have fun and communicate while playing together.
To bring these experiences to life for our players, Sony Interactive Entertainment has made a minority investment in the H-Series of Discord. From our very first conversation with co-founders Jason Citron and Stan Vishnevskiy, I was inspired by their lifelong love for the game and the shared passion of our teams to help bring friends and communities together in new ways. Enabling players to build communities and enjoy shared gaming experiences is at the heart of what we do, so we’re excited to begin this journey with one of the world’s most popular communications services.
To know how Discord and its private servers, allowing smooth discussions during games, will integrate the PlayStation universe (and replace the recently disappeared Communities part), you will have to wait a bit. New information will be revealed later this year. This is again a significant investment, after the 450 million stake in Epic Games.