What is Discord?
Discord is a free voice and text chat app for gamers and works on both your desktop and phone. If you play a lot of online PC games, you should take the time to familiarize yourself with Discord.Essentially Skype for gamers, this service is designed to help players communicate and coordinate via private servers that let you text and voice-chat with other people.
The app works with desktop and mobile platforms, combining the features of a chat lobby, a message board and a VoIP chatting system into one app that’s not going to hog resources on your phone or PC.
Discord’s popularity has only multiplied in recent years, with the app now reaching over 90 million registered users. If you’re looking to get a group together for PUBG, communicate easily to an entire server of Minecraft players or just hang out online with a small group of friends, then you should keep reading to learn what this growing platform offers.
How to start with Discord?
Once you’ve created a Discord account, you can choose to run it in your browser or install the Discord app. The app gives you many more customization options and is a must for anyone looking to run a server.
Once you’re set up, you can start by either creating a new server yourself and sending out invitation codes right away, or by using an invitation code to join a pre-existing server. Creating a server just requires a valid server name; nothing needs to be installed.
Unfortunately, you can’t browse for servers to join on the app itself. But it’s still quite easy to join an active community. There are many verified servers with open invitations that you can find with a quick Google search. The official PUBG server is one such example. Many popular streamers and content creators will also have public invitation codes posted on their Twitch or YouTube channels.
How Does Discord Make Money?
Discord’s revenue model is still a work in progress. The company is against advertisements and selling of user data and has been relying on the funding money till recently. They have no intentions to make users pay to use the application in future. Rather, the company is shifting to a semi-freemium business model where it provides more and better features to those who pay for them. Discord also makes money by selling company merchandise.
The developers feel advertisements are intrusive and selling user data equals breaching the relationship between the two parties. Hence they’ve have strictly restricted themselves from using any such revenue earning strategy.
The company announced this past April that they had raised $50 million in funding at a $1.65 billion valuation. With this latest bout of cash, Discord has now pulled in more than $280 million in funding.