Discord to Introduce Ads: Gamifying In-Game Chats Raises Concerns


  • Discord’s decision to introduce ads challenges its previous stance, raising concerns about the impact on user experience and community dynamics.
  • The gamified advertising approach aims to incentivize user engagement, but skepticism remains regarding its effectiveness and ethical implications.
  • As Discord navigates this shift in strategy, industry analysts are divided on the potential success of its advertising platform and its implications for the broader digital ecosystem.

A decision was made by the creators of Discord, a multi-platform that is considered one of the best communication systems for gaming communities, to integrate advertisements into their system, which is something they never had. One of the most notable changes made by the company is its shift from revenue relying solely on subscriptions to the one that adapts ads to the in-game chat and streaming services along with its subscription revenue. Consequently, the expected action has been met with skepticism by users and analysts alike over its impact on the user experience and the harmony of the community.

The shift in strategy

Discord had a firm view on not including banners in the platform as an income option but rather got a subscription-based form of revenue through their Nitro subscriptions. On the other hand, the platform has shown evidence of a shift in plans, with the latest announcement of including video game developers and publishers’ trailer ads on the service. This human resource cut-back followed the news of redundancies in January, and it is part of the effort to downsize and adapt.

Gamified advertising

The advertising model is based on gamification, where users can receive rewards upon finishing quests from sponsors in tasks during gaming and streaming on Discord. Such a rewards system that offers in-game items and digital bonuses in exchange for active interaction with the community, would help us achieve our goal of getting users to be more engaged. Besides, this method corresponds to Twitch’s digital rewards but carries this idea in a different world.

User concerns and skepticism

Discord’s purpose is to improve user interaction through ads, but there are also risks that users may dislike ads which could deter them from using the platform. For lots of people, Discord is a place where you can talk directly and use the feature well. Some of them are frightened that ads will make it harder to communicate with each other. Moreover, there is skepticism towards the commodification of friendship as users are encouraged to advertise promo- quests to their friend circle, which questions the ethics behind buying social interactions.

Industry response and analysis

The efficiency of the marketing strategy of Discord remains an issue of divergent views among industry analysts. Whilst others think ads could help balance the revenue streams and stimulate the platform’s long-term growth, yet, some others don’t believe in the feasibility of advertising in a Discord user-oriented ecosystem. The future of this initiative depends on the platform’s ability to walk a thin line between the temptation to monetize and the user’s desire for satisfaction, a task that many social media companies have encountered.

Future implications

As Discord ramps up its advertising platform launch in the upcoming days, the gaming community is anxiously awaiting how it will be accepted into the fold. The shift towards ads shows that media platforms are changing in their nature and how advertising and the user experience are associated. Whether Discord’s attempt to advertise will prove a success or not is not clear to us at the moment. However, the implication of it will likely continue to affect the other digital spaces.

Discord’s introduction of new billboards goes against everything it used to stand for and has stirred up a lot of conflicting opinions among gamers. Although a gamified marketing approach shall maintain its feasibility to improve user interaction, doubts appear concerning its consequences on the platform’s user experience and community dynamics. After Discord steps up to this challenge, the gaming community will watch closely if the new move would have a relevant influence on other platforms.

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Joel Oluwatobi

Joel is a Blockchain enthusiast who has been active in the blockchain sector since 2016. He enjoys talking about blockchain and its implications for the future of humanity. Joel is a firm believer that decentralization offers the gaming industry and players lots of unique benefits.

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