Jim Ryan has announced a new partnership with Discord. Speaking on the SIE Blog the CEO spoke about the new friendship with Discord, weeks after it was rumoured that Microsoft was looking to purchase the communication service used by over 140 million users each month. However, two weeks ago it was said that Discord had rejected Microsoft’s offer as they were looking to stay independent.
“Together, our teams are already hard at work connecting Discord with your social and gaming experience on PlayStation Network,” says Ryan. “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.”
While nothing was mentioned about just how much Sony has invested into Discord, a minority investment is usually between 20-30% of a holding.
Sony has made a minority investment into Discord during series H funding. “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,” continued Ryan. “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.”
The news is still fresh but what this means is still to be determined. With PlyStation looking to integrate Discord beginning next year, it will allow users to communicate easier. In recent months, Sony has made some big moves, including the acquisition of EVO.