Sony has made a minority stake in Discord as part of a new partnership between Sony Interactive Entertainment and Discord. According to a blog posted on the Sony website on Monday, Sony’s PlayStation unit plans to incorporate the communications service into its PlayStation products as early as next year.
“At PlayStation, we are constantly looking for new ways to enable players around the world to connect with each other, make new friends and communities, and share fun experiences and lasting memories,” said Jim Ryan, Sony President and CEO . With that in mind, we’re excited to announce a new partnership with Discord, the communications service popularized by gamers and used by more than 140 million people around the world every month. Together, our teams are already working hard to make Discord to combine your social and gaming experience on PlayStation Network. “
He continued, “Our goal is to bring the Discord and PlayStation experiences closer together on console and mobile by early next year so that friends, groups and communities can hang out, have fun and communicate more easily while playing together.”
Sony made its new minority stake during Discord’s Series H funding round. You did not state the value of the investment.
With over 140 million users per month, Discord has become one of the most influential platforms focused on the online community. The communication service was originally developed for gamers. Since then, he has expanded his user base to include influential organizations, online communities, and companies that are using the service as an alternative to corporate communication services like Slack.
Discord was in Talks with Microsoft in March about buying the company, however Discord ended these conversations and decided to remain independent despite allegedly over $ 10 billion on offer for the company.