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In an absolute surprise, Sony Playstation is announcing their partnership with Discord. This is days removed from Discord turning down a $12-billion offer from Microsoft that would see Discord added to the Microsoft’s recent merger and buyouts as it expands in Xbox portfolio. With Discord rejecting Microsoft’s bid, eyes were on Amazon Games and Epic Games for potential buyers of the communication platform but Discord has been mum about who they are dealing with.
Sony’s partnership with Discord is announced after Sony made a minority investment in Discord’s Series H round of funding. No further details is shared aside from Sony’s plan to integrate its Playstation UI with Discord elements with Playstation and Discord eventually having a shared ecosystem so that Playstation users can seamlessly join Discord servers. Sony plans to roll out these features in the coming year. Discord has not announced any further news if the company is still for sale.
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. 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. 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.
To bring these experiences to life for our players, Sony Interactive Entertainment has made a minority investment as part of Discord’s Series H round. From our very first conversation with co-founders Jason Citron and Stan Vishnevskiy, I was inspired by their lifelong love for gaming and our teams’ shared passion to help bring friends and communities together in new ways. 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.
It’s always a privilege to work with great partners to bring fresh experiences to our fans, and we’ll have more to share in the coming months. Stay tuned to our channels and @Discord for all the latest updates.
Source: Sony Interactive Entertainment