Normally, with an acquisition, users would worry if the identity of an app will change to suit the new owner. This may not quite be the case for Discord. In fact, it may ultimately not even be sold if it deems that the new owner will forcibly make it do something it doesn’t want to.
The GamesBeat report notes that Discord co-founder and CEO Jason Citron previously founded OpenFeint. This would then be acquired by GREE for US$104 million (~RM428 million) in 2011. But the new owner will eventually shut down the service. And this is likely something that Citron wishes to avoid with Discord. In fact, Citron turned down a number of offers back in 2018, because buyers wanted Discord to do things that it didn’t want to, like advertising.
So ultimately, Discord users will likely have nothing to fear about their reliable voice chat application changing. Its co-founder and CEO seems to value its identity as a communications software above the allure of money. So even if it does get a new owner, it’s unlikely that the voice chat app will become something unrecognisable to its users.
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