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After all that talk of a possible Microsoft acquisition, and then that being shot-down, it seems Discord really will continue solo while pulling in more investors. Since Discord is hugely popular, even for us we have our own Discord Server, it's important to know who might be controlling it and making decisions. At least for now though, Discord still make their own.

Just announced yesterday is that Sony Interactive Entertainment has pumped some money into Discord, although no amounts were disclosed Sony said it was a "minority investment". Discord themselves did not put out any announcement, other than their official Twitter account saying it was "pog".

This comes as part of Discord's Series H round of funding. There's a lot of series of funding to go through, and it's a bit of a minefield to navigate but the gist of it is companies go through many letters (rounds) of funding until ready for possible acquisitions or an initial public offering (IPO).

What does all this mean for the PC/Linux version? Thankfully, nothing. No changes are planned other than some new integration on PlayStation platforms.

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Hori 4 May
I don't really care about Discord too much as I don't really use it too much, but I'd be happy if they stay independent.
I don't like it when a few companies control huge sections of people's lives.

I gotta say, them saying not to M$ made me actually have a positive opinion about them, whereas before I didn't really have an opinion. They could've taken the ez way out and take the cash but instead decided to continue building it on their own unimpeded, and I respect that.

Tho I also gotta say, them saying not to MS and then getting an investment from Sony is very strange. But I find it funny, I'm not worried about it.
M@GOid 4 May
Quoting: HoriI don't really care about Discord too much as I don't really use it too much, but I'd be happy if they stay independent.
I don't like it when a few companies control huge sections of people's lives.

I gotta say, them saying not to M$ made me actually have a positive opinion about them, whereas before I didn't really have an opinion. They could've taken the ez way out and take the cash but instead decided to continue building it on their own unimpeded, and I respect that.

Tho I also gotta say, them saying not to MS and then getting an investment from Sony is very strange. But I find it funny, I'm not worried about it.

I doubt their "no" to MS was based in moral principles. More likely in financial ones, like "That is not enough money mister. Cough it up like you did with Mojang (Minecraft)".


Last edited by M@GOid on 4 May 2021 at 11:29 am UTC
BielFPs 4 May
Would be nice if we could use Discord to in consoles too, it would settle then as the "official chat program" for players, without the risk of being bought / locked by a specific vendor.
denyasis 4 May
Quoting: BielFPsWould be nice if we could use Discord to in consoles too...

From my understanding from what I've read. I get the impression that's the point for Sony at least.

I honestly didn't know it was unavailable for consoles until I read a little on it yesterday. I kinda assumed it discord was everywhere
I use Discord Canary and some plugin that's still allowed.
Discord is unfortunately getting more and more ruley¿ as time goes on, in that they keep having these SJW social media policies that sees servers putting restrictions on what can be said and what not, all sorts of crazy rules.
They shouldn't SAFEZONE their platform, just leaves a bad taste in everyone's mouth iyam...(except for actual criminal activity)



Last edited by TheRiddick on 5 May 2021 at 12:23 am UTC
natis1 5 May
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Quoting: TheRiddickall sorts of crazy rules.

I'll bite. What specifically to you, prey tell, are discord's "crazy rules?" I read their community guidelines and it seems like pretty standard and reasonable stuff considering they are hosting it on their servers. Is there something specific you want to talk about that discord prevents you from?


Last edited by natis1 on 5 May 2021 at 4:30 am UTC
Quoting: natis1I'll bite.

https://discord.com/guidelines

Well these seem pretty normal to me. But some are pretty broad rules and will vary greatly depending on which country you look at them from.

For example what is considered extremism is in the eye of the beholder isn't it? For example CCP considers uighurs to be extremists. Allot of people consider Trump supporters to be violent extremists... but that is just one example.

Broad stroke rules.


Last edited by TheRiddick on 5 May 2021 at 7:56 am UTC
Rooster 5 May
Guys, I won't tell you what to discuss here or not, but do you really think this is a good place to discuss topics like Trump and vaccination?
Nocifer 5 May
So Microsoft tries to buy Discord in order to further consolidate their unhealthy chokehold on the gaming industry even more, Discord ends up saying no, and then Sony, Microsoft's biggest competitor in the gaming industry, is revealed to have invested in Discord as a minority investor (i.e. a not-aggressive one).

Well, good for them. I much prefer a mostly independent Discord that is backed by Sony (and hopefully also others) and works as a universal tool for both PC and consoles so I can talk with my pals when playing games via crossover (which AFAIK is an upcoming feature that would 100% have been axed had MS actually bought Discord) than a Microsoft-owned Discord that would probably become abandonware (on purpose) within a couple of years. Makes for a much healthier product (and I don't even use it all that much, what with it being proprietary and all).

Now come on Sony, bring PS Now to more countries already!
Nocifer 5 May
Quoting: TheRiddick
Quoting: natis1I'll bite.

https://discord.com/guidelines

Well these seem pretty normal to me. But some are pretty broad rules and will vary greatly depending on which country you look at them from.

For example what is considered extremism is in the eye of the beholder isn't it? For example CCP considers uighurs to be extremists. Allot of people consider Trump supporters to be violent extremists... but that is just one example.

Broad stroke rules.

The rules you linked to pretty much already answer your question: "no violent extremism". In other words, if the ideas you support are not hateful towards people or things that have done nothing to deserve such hatred, and if you can be civil while talking about them, then discuss away, no matter how extreme they may appear to be (provided of course that other people are willing to discuss them with you).

As for your examples:

Uighurs (or anyone else) supporting and fighting for their independence can hardly be considered extremist, no matter what the PRC may or may not say. Same as with the Catalans. People may disagree with the notion of independence for various reasons (especially the governing bodies that stand to lose a part of their power), or they may disagree with the means employed to pursue said independence, but that kind of disagreement is precisely the point of discussing such things.

"Trump supporters" (though tbh the problem is really not about Trump or the USA; this category includes all the sad and miserable little people that support ideologies promoting social segregation and happiness of the few at the expense of the many) are much of the time not violently extremist per se, but just extremely annoying, loud, and impossible to converse with. I can literally feel their spit hitting my face every time they open their online mouths. So they invariably end up in the "not civil" category.
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