In a blog post on Sony’s official blog, President and CEO Jim Ryan announced that the company is planning to further integrate messaging platform, Discord, into the PlayStation Network starting in early 2022. In the post, Ryan goes into detail, saying that this new partnership will result in a direct connection between PSN users and Discord users.
Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) made a “minority investment” into Discord as a part of their latest series of funding but no specific amount was disclosed.
Over the past few years, the topic of “cross-platform play” has become increasingly popular as more and more games have started to support this, as seen in Among Us and Fortnite. These two games are very successful and gamers have made it known that they would like the same kind of tech utilized elsewhere, but certain developers and publishers don’t really want much to do with it.
Sony, in particular, has been slow on the uptake when it comes to cross-play, until now. It appears that Sony has a new interest in cross-play with this Discord partnership, plus, this new deal could solve the problem with cross-platform communication.
Bringing People Together
In the blog post, Jim Ryan says Sony’s goal is “to bring the Discord and PlayStation experiences closer together… allowing friends, groups, and communities to hang out, have fun, and communicate more easily while playing games together.”
I don’t think I have to explain just how popular Discord is. I’m sure most of the people reading this (myself included) are active Discord users and this is reflected in the numbers.
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) May 3, 2021
Discord has reported 140 million monthly active users. Ryan said that both companies are hard at work at this integration with the blog post stating, “Empowering players to create communities and enjoy shared gaming experiences is at the heart of what we do…”
Left in the Dust
When I initially heard this story, the first thing that came to my mind was the story of Microsoft and Discord back in March. It was reported that Microsoft tried to purchase the company for $10 billion but Discord walked away because they wanted to remain independent and eventually pursue an initial public offering (IPO).
For those unfamiliar, an initial public offering (IPO) is when a company debuts on the stock market and allows investors to buy its shares. It looks like Sony is willing to respect Discord’s preference of remaining an independent company while taking full advantage of its services.
This is a great move by Sony. Discord is quickly becoming the number one platform for online social gaming, and this new deal will definitely benefit everyone involved.
Xbox does have Discord integration as it entered a partnership with the app back in 2018 but this Sony deal sounds like more features will be implemented and go beyond a simple voice chat.
Microsoft has been in the habit recently of purchasing gaming companies, like Bethesda, but many people had a negative reaction to the Discord talks. We’ll see how Microsoft responds.