After a significant investment, Sony IE opens the doors of PlayStation Network to Discord users. Both networks will work more closely together.
After the Microsoft takeover backfired, Discord held a public round of investment in recent weeks to raise fresh capital. One of the major investors of that capital round appears to have been Sony Interactive Entertainment. That makes Jim Ryan, the big boss of PlayStation, known in a blog post. “From the very first conversation with founders Jason Citron and Stan Vishnevskiy, I was inspired by their lifelong love of gaming and our shared passion for bringing people together in new ways,” explains Sony IE’s CEO. Both companies speak of a cooperation agreement; Sony IE does not take over the chat platform for the sake of clarity. Exactly how much Sony IE pumps into Discord remains a mystery.
What does that mean in concrete terms for Discord users? Sony wants to integrate the platform more into their PlayStation Network. That integration will go a step further than the partnership between Discord and Microsoft, where Discord users can only see what someone is playing on Xbox Live. PlayStation wants to make it possible to communicate with their Discord friends while gaming via PlayStation Network, even if they are playing on another platform. That makes cross-platform communication during gaming a lot easier. The integration would work for both Discord’s mobile and desktop apps and should be fully operational by early 2022.
It is not clear whether both companies will work together in other ways. Discord is extremely popular among gamers because it does not distinguish between different platforms. The chat platform has approximately 140 million active users.