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PlayStation Acquires Minority Interest in Discord Following Microsoft’s Buyout Interest

PlayStation has announced it has made a minority investment into Discord as a way to build a relationship between the popular online chat service and Sony.

Jim Ryan, president, and CEO of PlayStation announced the partnership in a short blog post, though aside from disclosing its minority stake not a lot of other details were shared. Sony says it has taken its minority stake in Discord’s Series H round and that PlayStation has spoken with Discord co-founders Jason Citron and Stan Vishnevskiy on ways to bring friends and communities together.

“Empowering players to create communities and enjoy shared gaming experiences is at the heart of what we do,” Ryan writes. “[S]o we are beyond excited to start this journey with one of the world’s most popular communication services.”

Discord is an online communication service where people can congregate in user-created channels for text, voice, and video chats. These channels can be focused on hobbies, created by friend groups, or hosted by official video game companies. Discord has reported over 140 million users per month around the globe.

The news of PlayStation’s minority stake comes off the heels of reports that Discord has halted talks of a buyout with three potential buyers, including Microsoft. Reportedly the tech giant was ready to offer $10 billion for Discord, but those negotiations have been put on hold with the potential to be “rekindled in the future.”

There are no concrete details on how PlayStation and Discord may collaborate in the future, whether that’s official Discord integration into PlayStation or something else. However, the minority stake shows Sony is at least committed to working with Discord in some capacity.


Matt T.M. Kim is IGN’s News Editor.

Image credit: SIE, Discord

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