Back in June, ubiquitous chat company Discord launched a games tab that bore a slight resemblance to Steam's front page. Now it's launching its own store that resolutely refutes Steam's anything-goes approach.
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Last week, Steam added new chat features that took a page from Discord's book - pretty much the entire book, actually. Now, Discord has added a "games" tab that replicates some of Steam's most pervasive features. And thus, the circle is complete.
The long, contentious list of things that divide us - dogs vs. cats, Labor vs. Liberal, tomato sauce vs. mayo - has an entry just for gamer aesthetes. There's a war among Discord users over whether people who use the gaming chat app's "light" theme are wicked, infernal hellbeasts or normal humans who like white backgrounds.
Gaming chat client Discord has banned servers and several users linked to white supremacist and Nazi ideologies, according to a tweet sent out from the official Discord account. "Discord's mission is to bring people together around gaming," their statement on Twitter read. "We will continue to take action against white supremacy, nazi ideology, and all forms of hate."
In February, we reported that many Discord users were facing abuse and were given no clear recourse. Among the issues endemic to the voice- and text-chat platform was the anonymous and unsolicited dissemination of child pornography, a problem which seems to have only gotten worse.
Over 25 million users have flocked to Discord, a text and voice platform for gamers, since its launch in May of 2015. Despite the company raising at least 30 million in venture capital funding, the company has only five "customer experience" personnel and no moderators on its staff. From what I've seen, users who wish to engage in harassment, raid servers or bombard chats and users with child pornography suffer no lasting repercussions for doing so. That seemingly any server can become the victim of organised attacks represents the strained and failing infrastructure of moderation -- of Discord, and of virtually any community on the internet.
If you're a regular member of a competitive community on PC, or happen to watch streams with any regularity, chances are you might have heard talk about a new app called Discord. It's positioning itself as an all-in-one replacement for Skype, Teamspeak, Ventrilo, Mumble and just about every other third-party VOIP offering you can think of.
It's growing, and it's only set to get even bigger thanks to an injection of nearly US$20 million from investors.