Before Discord, gamers used VoIP platforms such as TeamSpeak or Skype. They still do. But, once Discord was released, a large percent of the gaming community slowly turned to this platform.
Today, it’s a staple for communication and not just for gamers. So, when did Discord come out that it became so popular?
Let’s talk about its history.
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How Old Is Discord?
Before we start talking about how this application came to be, let’s get to the point.
Discord’s public release date is May of 2015 so it has been out for years at this point in time.
Jason Citron first came up with the idea of Discord, who previously created OpenFeint, a platform for mobile games which was later sold to GREE. Who knows, maybe this platform is what incited the concept of Discord.
After the sale of OpenFeint, Jason Citron formed a game development studio called Hammer & Chisel in 2012. After an unsuccessful release of a mobile MOBA game, Hammer & Chisel switched its focus to a communication platform.
This communication platform is what turned into Discord. After its public release in 2015, a lot of communities, forums, and even esports organizers started picking it up over alternatives like TeamSpeak. Later, Hammer & Chisel was renamed to Discord Inc.
Shortly after its release, Discord became the number one VoIP application for most gamers and slowly became popular for businesses and schools too. And with hundreds of millions of funding every year, it will grow bigger and bigger.
Today, Discord is turning away from its gaming-related focus and slowly shifting into a platform with no designated target audience. It’s open to anyone.