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It has become the reference for players who want to chat aloud during a game: in the small world of Voice over IP (VoIP) services, Discord has become a must-have software, even allowing itself to replace heavyweights like Skype, Mumble or even TeamSpeak. It must be said that Discord is very user-friendly, with an elegant and easy-to-use interface and a particularly high quality of service.
Thus, it takes no more than a few clicks to create your own chat room (oral or written), open thematic sub-headings, define public or private channels. Access to one of these spaces is also very easy, since you just have to share an invitation link with the contacts of your choice. A server can be opened for as few as two individuals or as many as hundreds of users, depending on the ambition you want to give it.
Discord allows players to talk to each other orally, with a minimum of configuration // Source: Discord
Of course, these are only the basic features. By digging a little deeper, Discord provides users with much more advanced settings, especially in terms of customizing profiles and chat rooms. For example, you can indicate which game you are playing or what music is playing. It is even possible for studios to sell their catalog on Discord and benefit from a very advantageous profit sharing, more than a Steam.
Today, the success of the platform certainly exceeds all the expectations of its founder, Jason Citron. By May 2019, the service claimed 250 million registered users. Not bad for a project that started just four years ago But if Discord is well known, so much so that the application is also used to bring people together to discuss something other than video games the origin of the name remains poorly known.
We have to go back to 2015 and a question and answer session with the public to find out why Jason Citron chose Discord. Alas for those who were hoping for some special symbolism or amusing anecdote, it was pragmatism that spoke when a choice had to be made. In the verbatim of this exchange, accessible on Medium, the founder explains that the name was pleasing to the ear, but also and above all, available and simple.
The Discord logo // Source: Discord
“We chose this name because, in the end, it has a nice ring to it and is relevant to the conversation. We had a bunch of names that we circulated, but choosing a name for a product is a complicated process. You want a name that is easy to say, spell, remember, related to the function of the product, available for trademark registration, and with a website that you can get. There are a lot of things to consider and we had several different candidates,” says Jason Citron.
“Discord met all the criteria we had and we fell in love with the name,” he adds. Another team member adds that the name of the software also echoes the misunderstanding that can arise because of a communication fault: “Discord in the gaming community is the problem we are trying to solve with this product. By talking to each other orally, we transmit much more and much faster than in writing. And in multiplayer, time is of the essence.