Discord Interested In Teaming Up With Nintendo For Voice Chat

Discord Founder

Voice chat has come a long way over the years, and constantly expanding in its use. From the days of using Roger Wilco in the early 2000’s, to using Ventrillo, Teamspeak, and Mumble – it appears that there is a new leader when it comes to this domain. Discord, which was founded 2015, brings high quality audio chat, as well as many integrated aspects like text chat and video calls. Most importantly, it’s free to use and host your own server – which most competitors don’t offer. Growing on this popularity, Discord Founder Jason Citron stated in an interview his interest in growing the business through a partnership with Nintendo in order to bring voice chat to the Nintendo Switch.

Here is what he had to say in his interview with Glixel:

I have thought about the Switch. I have spent many hundreds of hours of my life in that little screen. If Nintendo wants us to power their voice chat, we’d be happy to talk.

The core idea was about small communities. The way we think about it is a treehouse in the backyard where you and your friends hang out. When you play online with friends, you will often invite someone in for a raid that you don’t know, but then you want to kick them off when you’re done. Also, you want it to be safe, where they can’t see all of your stuff.”

In the first part of Citron quote, he mentions his own intimate relationship with the Nintendo Switch and that he would be happy to bring voice chat to the platform. While the system does offer plenty of multiplayer options, members of the same team currently lack the ability to communicate with each other. With implementation like this by Discord, it has the capability to bolster the size of its multiplayer base – which would be great for both companies.

In the second part of the quote from the Discord Founder, he mentions where the thought process came from to create his company – comparing them to small communities. With a user base of 87 million registered users and 1.5 million new users every week, it’s easy to see this model is working for them. Hopefully with a partnership like this between Nintendo and Discord, even more players will be able to take part in voice chat capabilities that they previously did not have.

What do you think about the quote from the Discord Founder? Do you think this partnership will actually happen? Sound off with your thoughts in the comment section below, and don’t forget to check out DFTG on Twitter for gaming and entertainment news live 24/7!

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