What Is the Discord App?

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Ever since the early days of Pong, computer gaming has been an engaging pastime. It's easy for fans to become ensconced in their games, and sometimes their enjoyment borders on obsessive — which is often part of gaming's appeal (and something you definitely understand if you've spent 12 hours straight playing Final Fantasy VII Remake). Finding a digital home with likeminded individuals is a natural progression; it gives gamers a chance to get help working through a game's tough spots, it lets them share feedback about what they do and don't like and it's also just a place to let loose and have fun discussions.

Initially, gamers often turned to forums and message boards to meet these needs — until Discord arrived. This chat platform made it possible for them to talk to one another in real time. It was advertised for years as the "Chat for Gamers," but when so many people across the globe first went under lockdown in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, the platform changed its tagline to "Chat for Communities and Friends" to be responsive and reflect the changes in its usage. Discord is no longer limited to gaming communities; in fact, it's even used for education and business purposes. If you're curious about using the platform, learn more about Discord and how it works.