Discord is a proprietary freeware voice-over-Internet Protocol application designed for gaming communities, that specializes in text, video and audio communication between users in a chat channel.
Discord is the all-in-one voice, video and text chat app designed specifically for gamers. It's free, secure, and works on both desktop and phone.
Discord was founded in 2015 by Jason Citron and Stanislav Vishnevskiy. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, California.
Discord is especially popular with video gamers, but has expanded to everything from study groups to art communities. The Discord client is built on the Electron framework using web technologies, which allows it to be multi-platform and run on personal computers and the web.
Discord's software is supported by eleven data centers around the world to keep latency with clients low. Discord's servers enabled real-time communication across gaming platforms that turned them into the dominant social experience for a generation of players.
Discord currently has more than 150 million monthly active users across 19 million active communities, called servers. The company seess more than 1M downloads a day.
Discord is backed by Index Ventures, IVP, Tencent Holdings, Dragoneer Investment Group, Greylock, FirstMark, Spark Capital, Greenoaks Capital, and others. The company raised $500M in a new round on Sep 15, 2021. This brings Discord's total funding to $979.3M to date. The new round more than doubled the company's valuation to $15B post-money, from previous $7B gained after a funding raised in Dec 2020.