O Discord, the popular communication platform, got into big trouble. The CEO of the company behind the app, Jason Citron, had indicated on Monday (8) a possible integration of cryptocurrencies and NFTs. However, the news infuriated users of the platform, leading Citron to clarify last Wednesday (10) that Discord has no concrete plans related to the crypto universe in the short term.
As always, it all started on Twitter. Earlier this week, Citron responded to investor Packy McCormick’s tweet with a screenshot that showed a unprecedented integration of MetaMask and WalletConnect digital wallet apps. There, users can save and transfer NFTs and cryptocurrencies. At the time, the executive said only “probably nothing” as he released the news that would arouse the fury of Discord users.
Angry community threatens to boycott Discord
“Absolutely not to the integration of NFTs into Discord.” “I will go out and use Slack if you integrate NFTs.” “I will abandon Discord if you bring NTFs or cryptocurrencies to the platform.” These were just a few responses from app users to Citron’s tweet. The revolt was such that they even started organizing a boycott of Discord Nitro, premium platform subscription system.
“Cancel your nitro right away and choose another (program) – cite the CEO’s tweet as the reason for canceling,” said another tweet that received tens of thousands of likes. “An immediate drop in company revenue and a lot of noise are the only things that will generate change now,” another publication said.
“Dude, I can’t wait to tell my friends that Discord is encouraging pyramid schemes at the expense of the environment and encouraging users to cancel their Nitro subscriptions and use competing platforms.”
(this tweet hurt)
But it’s not over yet. The negative repercussion took on unimaginable proportions. Discord is used for many things nowadays, but it has always been home to large communities of players, so much so that many companies and games have their official servers on the platform.
However, as reported by the game news curator Ryan Brown no Twitter, some studios even threatened to take their angry communities to other platforms.
Discord CEO Denies Plans to Integrate NFTs (Hourly)
Citron was forced to give an answer. On Wednesday, November 10th, the CEO of Discord returned to Twitter to clarify the matter and said that there are no “immediate plans” to integrate NFTs into the application.
Discord also sent a message to Engadget about the subject:
“We appreciate all the feedback we’ve heard in response to the internal concept seen in a tweet earlier this week and we want to clarify that we have no plans to release it at this time. We are excited about the potential of web3 technology and the positive ways these communities are coming together on Discord, especially those organized around eco-friendly, creator-focused projects. However, we also recognize that there are some issues that we need to address. For now, we are focused on protecting users from spam, scams and fraud.”
Obviously, Discord has plans to integrate digital wallets in the future. However, this community reaction was a lesson to be learned. The platform will hardly be able to carry out such an integration in the short term without suffering a large number of users. Perhaps it will be for when the public perception of NFTs and cryptocurrencies changes.
With information: Engadget, Mashable