Discord Expands Streaming and Chat Features in the Wake of Coronavirus

With the coronavirus spreading worldwide, Discord is expanding its chat and livestream options to help those affected by the outbreak.

March 11, 2020

With the coronavirus outbreak increasing in urgency worldwide, more and more aspects of daily life are being interrupted or altered as individuals and organizations try to contain and slow the virus’ spread. From major events being cancelled or postponed–including most recently as today with E3 2020–many workplaces and schools are switching to remote operations or having employees work from home for safety and health reasons. In this effort, Discord is helping to make the transition to a remote lifestyle a little easier for users with expanded communication features and options.

In a statement, Discord detailed that the company will be expanding its livestreaming and chat features for all users to help those affected by the coronavirus to maintain contact with others, or to assist employees and students that are working or studying remotely. Specifically, the company said that it will increase its livestreaming and screen share features from 10 to 50 users “for the next few months,” and that it will “keep this limit up while it’s needed most critically.”

With so many people around the world using Discord for communication, whether that’s for simply playing games together and hanging out or for other aspects in the games industry like project management and community building, it’s encouraging that Discord is taking a step to help those in need around the world by expanding what users can do with the chat platform. This is especially helpful for teams around the world that might be struggling to adjust to a remote work environment, given the urgency around the coronavirus outbreak to limit contact with others and avoiding mass gatherings of people.

Ryan Meitzler

Ryan is the Editor-in-Chief at DualShockers and has been a lover of games as long as he can remember. He holds a BA in English and Cinema and lives in New York City.

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