Gaming focused voice and video chat service Discord reaches 250 million users

Written about 1 year ago by IanDorfman

In time for its fourth anniversary, Discord posted a video on its YouTube channel to celebrate. In addition to a total of 250 million users, there are over 50 million monthly active users for the service.

Though its original focus was as a gaming focused and optimized alternative to other voice over IP clients like Small Skype iconSkype, Small TeamSpeak iconTeamSpeak, and Small Ventrilo iconVentrilo, Discord stated in this anniversary video that its scope has naturally grown alongside its community, with people using the service for topics like learning a second language, "[arranging] trombone symphonies," and "even keeping up with the latest sneaker drops."

As Small Discord iconDiscord continues to grow, its development team views the chat service is a place not for content, but for conversation. It's not an alternative to social networks like Small Facebook iconFacebook or Small Twitter iconTwitter, but a place for people to discuss their personal lives, triumphs and tragedies, hardships and enjoyment, and whatever interests them.

Discord has equated itself as a way to "avoid the fatigue of traditional social media" and as a "digital living room" to help maintain long-distance relationships with friends, family, and loved ones.

Here are statistics for the platform shared by VentureBeat current as of this post:

• 56 million monthly active users
• 850 million messages sent a day
• "25 billion messages are sent per month across Discord’s web and mobile platform"
• This is the equivalent of if every person on Earth sent 4 messages using the platform
• "The top seven most-popular verified servers include Small Fortnite: Save The World iconFortnite: Save The World, SpellBreak, Small PUBG iconPUBG Mobile, Small Clash Royale iconClash Royale, Small Minecraft iconMinecraft, Small Zombs Royale iconZombs Royale, and Small Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six iconTom Clancy's Rainbow Six