How does Discord make money?
It's one of the questions so many Discord users asked after downloading Discord app
Anyway, if you don't know, Discord is one of the most popular online text and voice platforms on the internet
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Currently reaching 300 millions users and reliable servers spread around 6.7 million servers for large chat groups
Discord excels in large public servers and gaming voice chats compared to WhatsApp that serves small chat groups
In this post, I will cover Discord in details and how does Discord make money?
What is Discord?
Discord is a mobile app available on iPhone and Android
Also, it can be used on Mac, Xbox, PlayStation and Laptops running Windows 7 and up
It is a VOIP app which means you can do voice call and video calls
You can also send instant messaging like text messages
Plus media files like photos and videos
With Discord you can join communities whether they are public or private
Discord started in May 13th, 2015 as a videogame community
It available now in 28 languages
Discord makes money as a game store too
In fact it was created for the purpose of allowing gamers to communicate
Who is the owner of Discord?
Discord is owned by Jason Citron (CEO) and Stan Vishnevskiy (CTO)
Jason is the founder of OpenFeint
Which is known as social gaming platform for mobile games
While Stan is the founder of Guildwork another social gaming platform
Both started their company for gamers on a chat service with focus on user friendliness with almost no impact to performance
So, the company started as a gaming community with headquarter in San Francisco
Then he broke out of the gaming roots when COVID-19 pandemic started
In March 2020, Discord changed its slogan from being Chat for Gamers to Chat for Communities and friends
And In April 2020, Discord changed its Twitter username from @discordapp to @discord
After June 2020, it started a new propaganda called your place to talk
How much does it cost to run Discord?
Discord is completely 100% free to use for all the things you can do as paid member
All you need is to sign up with an email address
How does Discord make money?
Discord has a paid plan called Discord Nitro subscription
It costs $9.99 a month or $99 a year saving you 21% if you pay annually
Discord Nitro enables user to experience the enhanced experience of sharing a high definition videos of 1080p and 60 FPS (Frame Per Second)
While Discord free version operates on 720p and 30 FPS
Beside the HD videos, Discord makes money selling the following features in Nitro
- Collect and make your own Emojis
- You can use an animated avatar in your personal profile
- Get a 2 server boosts and 30% off extra boosts
- Profile badge shows how long you've supported Discord
- You can upload high quality of up to 100 MB
Also Discord makes money from fees they collect from selling games on its server
Why Discord does not display Ads?
I know you may be thinking how does Discord make money without displaying Ads
Simply, they make good money with the Nitro subscription and they want their 300 million users to enjoy the app experience without any Ads
The company is not that hungry to make money out of anything
Is Discord Nitro Worth It?
If you are using it to stay in touch with your employees for video calls
Also if you want to engage yourself in gaming communities where you want to share gaming experience in HD videos
Discord Nitro is a good fit if you own a server and you want to add extra capability to improve it by using the 2 server boosts feature
And that's how Discord makes money
Does Microsoft own Discord?
Microsoft was negotiating to acquire Discord
They offered at least $10 billion
I don't think the offer will be accepted as Discord makes money and is performing well and prefers to stay independent
Is Microsoft partnered with discord?
Yes, Microsoft had to partner with Discord as top popular game chat and community service to connect Xbox and PC players
This will enable users on Discord to see what you are currently playing on Microsoft Xbox
They can also decide if they can join your gaming session
Is Discord safe from hackers?
Discord application itself is completely safe from hackers
But sometimes, hackers sneakily send suspicious links to users on community groups that look like normal links
They send misspelled links to deceive users inside community
What are the dangers of Discord on children?
Everybody loves playing games on different consoles including kids and teens
Unfortunately because Discord makes money selling Nitro subscription
Which is good for those sharing video games with high definition
These communities are vulnerable to be exposed to pornography
Also, some predators can penetrate kids communities pretending to be kids and chatting with kids then move the chat to a private messages
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