Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) announced today that PlayStation has entered a new partnership with Discord, the popular communication service widely used by gamers and more than 140 million people per month globally.
Sony made a minority investment as part of Discord’s Series H round and is now working on connecting Discord with PlayStation Network’s social and gaming experience. This initiative, starting early next year, will bring both services closer together on console and mobile. Players will then be able to communicate and interact with each other more easily.
“From our very first conversation with co-founders Jason Citron and Stan Vishnevskiy, I was inspired by their lifelong love for gaming and our teams’ shared passion to help bring friends and communities together in new ways,” says SIE President & CEO Jim Ryan. “Empowering players to create communities and enjoy shared gaming experiences is at the heart of what we do, so we are beyond excited to start this journey with one of the world’s most popular communication services.”
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) May 3, 2021
Interestingly, last month Microsoft was reportedly in talks to purchase Discord outright for $10 billion, much more than what it had paid for ZeniMax Media and Bethesda. However, it does not look like that deal will come to fruition.