Just days after Discord talks with potential buyer Microsoft failed, said Jim Ryan, CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment announced a partnership with the company. As part of the latest funding round, Sony has also made a minority investment in Discord.
The extremely popular communications service (as of December 2020 it registered 140 million monthly active users) will be integrated into PlayStation from the beginning of next year.
At PlayStation, we are constantly looking for new ways to enable players around the world to connect with each other, form new friendships and communities, and share fun experiences and lasting memories. It is in this spirit that we are pleased to announce a new partnership with Discord, the communications service popularized by gamers and used by more than 140 million people around the world every month.
Together, our teams are already hard at work connecting Discord to your social and gaming experience on PlayStation Network. Our goal is to bring the Discord and PlayStation experiences closer together on console and mobile starting early next year so that friends, groups and communities can more easily hang out, have fun and communicate more easily while playing games together.
To bring these experiences to life for our players, Sony Interactive Entertainment has made a minority investment as part of Discord’s Series H round. From our very first conversation with co-founders Jason Citron and Stan Vishnevskiy, I was inspired by their lifelong love of gaming and the shared passion of our teams to bring friends and communities together in new ways. Enabling players to create communities and enjoy shared gaming experiences is at the heart of what we do, so we’re thrilled to begin this journey with one of the world’s most popular communication services.
Of course, Discord integration with Xbox happened a long time ago, three years ago to be exact, although it’s pretty thin as it only allows linking Xbox Live and Discord accounts so your Discord friends can be updated on what you are. currently playing on Xbox. It is currently unclear whether the integration with PlayStation will be comparable or deeper; we will of course keep you informed as more details become available in the coming months.
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