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PlayStation And Discord Announce A Partnership After Sony Acquires Minority Interest

This follows Microsoft's Reported Interest

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PlayStation annoucned today that it purchased a minority stake in voice-chat service, Discord. The announcement talks about Sony's plans to "bring the Discord and PlayStation experiences closer together."

In the blog post, PlayStation's President and CEO Jim Ryan announced the news that the Japanese game company had purchased a minority stake in Discord as part of Discord's Series H round. As such, PlayStation and Discord have plans of working more closely together on both console and mobile devices. Exactly what this means is unclear, as there aren't any real hard plans laid out as to exactly what Ryan means.

"Together, our teams are already hard at work connecting Discord with 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, allowing friends, groups, and communities to hang out, have fun, and communicate more easily while playing games together."

Ryan also notes he's spoken to both co-founders of Discord, Jason Citron and Stan Vishnevskiy, and was "inspired by their lifelong love for gaming," as well as how their teams both align on creating and fostering communities.

"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."

This news comes after it was reported that Microsoft was looking into acquiring Discord earlier this year, though those talks ultimately failed and Discord made the decision to remain independent. 


Joseph Bradford

Joseph has been writing or podcasting about games in some form since about 2012. Having written for multiple major outlets such as IGN, Playboy, and more, Joseph started writing for MMORPG in 2015. When he's not writing or talking about games, you can typically find him hanging out with his 10-year old or playing Magic: The Gathering with his family. Also, don't get him started on why Balrogs *don't* have wings. You can find him on Twitter @LotrLore