Discord confirms new round of layoffs to "meet goals"

It's unclear at this point how many employees were let go.

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Discord has made a round of internal layoffs, the service confirmed today.

The Discord layoffs, the number of which is currently undisclosed, took place yesterday, but were only just confirmed via GameIndustry.biz today. A representative spoke on the company's behalf about the reasoning behind the move.

"Yesterday we made an active shift in the talent needs of our marketing department to better serve our growing business and future ambitions," said the Discord representative "As part of this, some difficult personnel decisions had to be made to meet these goals."

Recently, Discord made a few concerning moves that could also have been related to the idea that the company wasn't close to meeting its "goals" thus far. It shut down the Discord storefront in March 2019 to pivot for developers to sell games through their own Discord channels, and them the announcement was made that later this month, the system will no longer give away free games for Discord Nitro subscribers.

Still, Discord was supposedly doing quite well up until now. It's a shame, as at least when this optimistic video was posted, the future seemed bright, without too many cares to focus on at all. 

As additional details surface about the layoffs, we'll be sure to keep you posted. Here's hoping that anyone affected by the cuts ends up on their feet and finds swift new employment. 

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    October 4, 2019 12:35 PM

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      October 4, 2019 12:48 PM

      Well that sucks.

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      October 4, 2019 12:53 PM

      I don't understand the business model to this company or how they can sustain the number of users they have. It actually worries me a bit that there's no advertising in it, because Nitro can only go so far.

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        October 4, 2019 12:54 PM

        Don't they have a game store? Dunno who uses it

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          October 4, 2019 1:37 PM

          They did, now they don't. They're also cutting loose the game subscription service, no way they can compete with MS, EA, Apple, etc.

          Developers are free to sell to customers directly through their servers but I don't expect that this will make any sort of dent, its too much of a hassle to join a server and then do a purchase through them when you have Steam/EGS/GOG/etc.

          I wouldn't be surprised if the layoffs were related to the store, but who knows for sure.

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            October 4, 2019 2:39 PM

            Wait, what happened to the game store?

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              October 4, 2019 2:42 PM

              nm I read the article and got a bit of context. Doesn’t sound like public life is treating Discord too well.

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                October 4, 2019 2:48 PM

                I mean, they're the best when it comes to their core competencies, nobody comes close. The question is how can they make money off of that? They're not going to charge for it like Slack does, nor should they since Discord doesn't have the security or extensiblity of that platform. They're not going to charge for usage since "free and easy" was how they built up their userbase in the first place. They're not going to run ads advertise like Twitter, Reddit, or Instagram.

                They're in a tough spot, which sucks because this hard thing that nobody else does well is something that's also difficult to monetize.

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          October 4, 2019 1:38 PM

          It's dying off shortly, but the games I saw on there seemed to be no-name glorified mobile games that didn't interest me at all.

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            October 4, 2019 2:56 PM

            Mobile games like *checks list*.... FTL, Saints Row 4, Inside, XCom, all of the Bioshock and System Shock games, Gonner, Duck Game, Dandara, Tyranny, Nidhogg, Battle Chef Brigade, Monaco, Sundered, all of the classic Star Wars and Lucasarts games.

            There's a lot of good games on it, problem is that almost all of it is on Origin Access and other subscription services that cost less. A lot of them are also probably owned by people who collect Steam icons.

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          October 5, 2019 6:35 AM

          Store is still there.

          They aren't offer free games with Nitro anymore, no one was playing them

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      October 4, 2019 2:01 PM

      They should sell to Amazon or whomever.

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        October 4, 2019 3:44 PM

        It would be a super smart purchase for Amazon if they wanted to get their hands further into the social/gaming market, as for who I'd want to buy them out if it happened I'd vote for CD Project.

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        October 5, 2019 6:18 AM

        Yeah it's remarkable to me someone hasn't scooped them up yet. Maybe they've been holding out for an unrealistic offer, wouldn't be the first time a valuable startup missed its chance due to hubris and then began the slow decline to irrelevance.

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