Discord celebrates third anniversary with Fortnite-related enhancements

Discord was born three years ago and the platform has seen significant growth since its inception. Just near the end of 2017, there were 87 million people using Discord, and now that it's turned three, the company behind the popular communication service for gamers has shared some new stats for the platform.

As seen in the images below, the service now has over 130 million registered users, almost triple of what it had by the same time last year. The number of daily active users has also more than doubled compared to 2017 and it's now at 19 million. Discord is also delivering 15 billion messages per month, which is 2.5 times more than the 6 billion announced last year.

The company credits Fortnite for having some of the largest communities on the service, and it has showcased that in the changelog for its most recent update as well. The update has optimized large servers, so that performance is now similar across servers regardless of the number of members. The Xbox account linking feature announced last month is also making its way to select Xbox Insiders now. Here's the full list of changes:

  • Large servers perform better in general. CPU and network usage is about the same regardless of server size (whether a hundred people or a hundred-thousand people).
  • Offline members are no longer hidden after you cross one-hundred members. We turned this off long ago for tech… and it is back. Offline lists in large servers are still hidden, though.
  • Discord uses a lot less data now. Long live your data plan.
  • Discord uses a lot less battery now. Longer live your battery life. Also, the iOS app loads faster. Android imminent.
  • Large Discord servers can now grow much larger. This one’s for you, Fortnite.
  • Select Xbox Insiders can now connect their Xbox account to Discord. Will be available to the rest of us mere mortals sometime in the very very very near future.
  • Audio files can now be played directly in Discord to minimize the time it takes for people to listen to your toasty mix tape.
  • Screenshare now includes audio! Now your friends can yell at you to kill the Genji behind you.
  • New authentication screens are sexy af. Go check out how wavy they are.
  • Added a volume slider to the inline media player because that llama video someone sent me was loud and confusing.
  • The instant invite pop up now has user suggestions for speed running server invites. UX BOOOOOOST
  • Turned off a few lights in dark theme. There’s more dark now. That’s how that works.

The stats show a significant growth for Discord, and with this update, the company seems to be working to ensure that it can handle the increasing number of users. With games such as Fortnite giving many companies a boost, Discord may have done well to prepare for an influx of new users.

Source: Discord, Discord via VentureBeat

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