Discord nears 90m users as hunt begins for UK-based European office

“The way the gaming community has embraced Discord blows us away”

Chat platform Discord is on the brink of another milestone as the service nears the 90m user mark.

Once achieved, that will represent a near quadrupling of the service’s user base in just one year, having sat at 25m in December 2016. At the time of writing Discord boasts 87m users, but it expects to hit 90m some time in the next two weeks.

Discord’s daily active users now reach 14m, with concurrent users typically hitting 6.25m.  315m messages are sent every day and around 9.45bn every month. 1.5m new users join the service every week, and members now reside in over 130 countries.

Currently Discord’s largest server has 120k members. The largest popular verified servers are for Fortnite, PUBG, Vainglory, Foxhole and Minecraft.

Discord also told MCV that it is currently investigating plans for European expansion, with its aim being to establish a UK office.

“We are always amazed when we look at our growth numbers and see that more people, communities, and developers are using Discord. We have always felt confident that we are building something people would want because we wanted it, but the way the gaming community has embraced it blows us away,” Discord’s co-founder and CEO Jason Citron told MCV.

“We've added a lot this year for both devs and players. For devs, we created the Verified Server program offering a way to identify official game servers and then we launched Rich Presence, an SDK allowing developers to integrate with Discord to surface game info and invitations on players' Discord profiles.

“For players, we added new features the community had been asking for including video chat for both mobile and PC, screen share, and channel categories allowing better server organization. Our focus in 2018 is to continue growing those programs, working with more devs worldwide, and adding more of the polish and new features players want.

“Logistically and operationally, we will spend time next year looking at international expansion and opening a European office. We want to be able to expand our marketing, CX, and event efforts as well as spend more time building relationships with devs. All of that, of course, means we are hiring - so we encourage people to check out our jobs page if they want to join us in 2018.”