Sony made a minority investment in Discord as part of a new partnership between Sony Interactive Entertainment and Discord. According to a blog posted to Sony's website on Monday, Sony's PlayStation unit plans to start integrating the communication service into their PlayStation products as early as next year.
"At PlayStation, we’re constantly looking for new ways to enable players around the world to connect with one another, form new friendships and communities, and share fun experiences and lasting memories," Explained Jim Ryan, President and CEO of Sony. "It’s in this spirit that we’re excited to announce a new partnership with Discord, the communication service popularized by gamers and used by more than 140 million people every month around the world. Together, our teams are already hard at work connecting Discord with 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 starting early next year, allowing friends, groups, and communities to hang out, have fun, and communicate more easily while playing games together."
Sony made their new minority investment during Discord's Series H funding round. They did not specify the value of the investment.
With over 140 million monthly users, Discord has become one of the most influential online community-focused platforms around. The communication service was originally created with gamers in mind, but it has since expanded its user base to include influential organizations, online communities, and businesses that use the service as an alternative to enterprise communication services like Slack.
Discord was in talks with Microsoft back in March about buying the company, however, Discord ended those talks and decided to remain independent, despite reportedly being offered over 10 billion USD for the company.
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