Between Sony and Microsoft, it seems that Discord is partial to the former.
In a statement yesterday, Sony Interactive CEO, Jim Ryan, announced that Sony is working towards a partnership that will see the popular communications platform integrated into PlayStation consoles.
“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,”Sony Interactive CEO, Jim Ryan
“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.”Sony Interactive CEO, Jim Ryan
The nature of this integration i.e., will Sony get a Discord app or will Discord replace Sony’s current chat app, is not known. But it is known that both companies plan to complete the integration by early-2022.
“Together, our teams are already hard at work connecting Discord with your social and gaming experience on PlayStation Network. 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 Interactive CEO, Jim Ryan
In addition to announcing the partnership, Ryan also revealed that SIE has made a minority investment as a part of Discord’s Series H round of funding. Discord has a user count of more than 140 million which comprises of gamers, streamers, teachers, cryptocurrency investors and more. A partnership of this nature, which incidentally has been discussed at length between Ryan and Discord co-founders Jason Citron and Stan Vishnevskiy,is bound to make waves for Sony.
In the conclusion of his statement, Ryan outlined how the partnership was focused on enhancing player experience.
“Empowering players to create communities and enjoy shared gaming experiences is at the heart of what we do, so we are beyond excited to start this journey with one of the world’s most popular communication services.”Sony Interactive CEO, Jim Ryan
This announcement comes a little over a week after reports surfaced that Discord will not be accepting Microsoft’s $10 billion acquisition bid. As per SIE, the coming months will bring more updates about the Sony-Discord partnership.
Sony Corporation is a Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Kōnan, Minato, Tokyo. The company operates as one of the most comprehensive media companies on the planet and also holds the distinctions of being the largest video game console company and the second largest video game publisher in the world.
Its gaming and network services arm Sony Interactive Entertainment (formerly Sony Computer Entertainment) is best known for producing the popular line of PlayStation consoles.