Discord hits 250 million users in just under four years

The service has grown into more than mere messaging -- it's become an encompassing platform for game developers and consumers alike.

Discord now has 250 million users on its books across the web and on mobile, the platform announced. That’s the same number of players on Fortnite, according to the company.

The messaging service, which also sells games via the Discord Store, sees around 56 million users monthly, with around 850 million messages sent daily on average and a staggering 25 billion messages sent per month, which it says is similar to everyone on the planet approximately sending a message four-times over.

It also confirmed the seven most popular Discord servers currently operating, with four of the seven based on battle royale games. Those games are Fortnite, Spellbreak, PUBG Mobile, Clash Royale, Minecraft, 2.5D battle royale effort ZombsRoyale, and Rainbow Six.

Discord, which added it now has 165 employees (a 50% increase Year-over-Year), has been trying to woo the indie game development community since last October with the full launch of the Discord Store, followed by the promise to developers who put their games on the marketplace of a 90/10 revenue split, just slightly more than the 88/12 terms offered for the Epic Games Store and significantly better than Steam’s terms of 70/30.

Discord declined to reveal how many developers have opted to release their games on the Discord Store in the release announcing the 250 million users milestone or other similar statistics related to the store. From its core positioning as a messaging service, Discord is growing from strength to strength and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down anytime soon, especially with its ongoing popularity.

But in regards to the Discord Store, without any hard facts and statistics to go with how many developers support the service, how many games are on it, and more despite recently overhauling the store to help with discoverability, it’s hard to tell how successful the storefront is.

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Johnny Cullen is a freelance writer and author from Derry, Northern Ireland who has written for Eurogamer, VG247, Official PlayStation Magazine UK, and so many more since July 2009. Come @ him about The Last of Us, Metal Gear Solid 3, Jonsi and Alex, or the Four Horsewomen of WWE on Twitter @JohnnyCullen.

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