Discord’s CEO is publicly backing away from hints that the gaming-focused social networking firm was in search of to combine non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and cryptocurrency wallets into the platform straight.
The information comes after Jason Citron, who based and leads the corporate, tweeted a mockup on Monday of a Discord interface displaying integration with crypto merchandise like MetaMask, WalletConnect, and Ethereum within the Discord app (alongside at the moment built-in providers like YouTube, Twitch, and so on.). That submit led to critical pushback from some Discord customers and watchers, main Citron to send out a tweet backing away from the idea late Wednesday.
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— Jason Citron (@jasoncitron) November 8, 2021
“Thanks for all of the views everybody,” Citron wrote. “We now have no present plans to ship this inner idea. For now, we’re centered on defending customers from spam, scams, and fraud. Web3 has a lot of good but in addition a lot of issues we have to work by means of at our scale. Extra quickly.”
In an announcement provided to TechCrunch, Citron added:
We recognize all of the views we’ve been listening to in response to the interior idea you’ll have seen in a tweet earlier this week and need to make clear we’ve got no plans to ship it at the moment. We’re excited in regards to the potential for web3 expertise and the optimistic methods these communities are coming collectively on Discord, particularly these organized round environmentally pleasant, creator-focused initiatives. Nevertheless, we additionally acknowledge there are some issues we have to work by means of. For now, we’re centered on defending customers from spams, scams, and fraud.
Citron’s assertion additionally comes after Web Archive Archivist Jason Scott highlighted a now-deleted Discord survey (archived here) asking customers about their familiarity with and preferences relating to NFTs and different so-called “web3” applied sciences. “We’re all the time exploring and hacking away at issues we predict will enhance Discord for all of the communities we serve,” a Discord spokesperson told The Verge earlier this week relating to that survey. “This contains analysis that helps us study what individuals need.”
— Jason Scott (@textfiles) November 8, 2021
Push and pull
Discord has grow to be a well-liked gathering place for makers and supporters of assorted NFT-related initiatives; because the Not Boring e-newsletter recently noted, the Discord server for fashionable NFT sport Axie Infinity has over 800,000 members. Some NFT initiatives, like Collab.land, even use bots to restrict their Discord group membership to customers that maintain sure NFTs.
However different Discord customers reacted loudly and angrily this week to the concept their most popular platform may begin explicitly catering to the crypto group. “Truthfully, if the Discord NFT shit pisses you off, cancel your nitro [paid subscription] instantly and choose ‘different’—cite the CEO’s tweet about it as your reasoning why,” learn one tweet that obtained hundreds of likes and retweets. “A loud, instantly public drop in income is the one factor that can change it at this level.”
On the Discord subreddit, in the meantime, a submit urging Discord developers not to support NFTs gained widespread help. A popular thread on Discord’s own support forum additionally urged the corporate to “please for the love of god avoid the NFT trashfire.”
Lots of the most vociferous critics pointed to the outsized environmental impact of NFTs as central to their opposition towards Discord’s hinted plans. Others pointed to widespread scams within the house, akin to an unlicensed “Squid Sport” token that disappeared without a trace after raking in roughly $3.38 million in funding.
Loads of different gaming corporations have additionally been making vague nods toward NFT plans in recent weeks, although none of these corporations appears to know precisely what kind that future integration may take. Within the meantime, you possibly can all the time buy an NFT of an Atari cartridge if you need.
Microsoft was rumored to be close to a $10 billion deal to purchase Discord earlier this yr, however Discord later said it had ended these acquisition talks to give attention to growth as a standalone firm.