Stage Channels, as it was named, allows users to promote live audio events to their audiences with up to 1,000 participants. The new feature was released for use on Wednesday (31) for all platforms – Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS and Android.
Discord already offered voice channels, the difference with Stage Channels is that it provides more management resources, as the definition of moderators, who can speak and who is just a listener. The speaker is highlighted, and moderators can add, remove, or silence participants.
Platforms compete for leadership in voice chat services
Discord, which offers voice, video and text chat, was popularized by videogamers and has spread to other groups since its launch in 2015. Its new “Stage Channels” are expected to help Discord communities build engagement.
The platform, which says it has more than 140 million monthly active users, is in discussions to be sold to Microsoft for an estimated $10 billion, sources have told Reuters. Discord and Microsoft declined to comment.
The success of the invite-only, year-old Clubhouse, which recently reported 10 million weekly active users, has made clear the potential of audio chat services, particularly as people stayed at home during COVID-19 pandemic.
Messaging app Telegram recently added more features for voice chats and removed their size limits. Slack is also experimenting with social audio features. Spotify said this week it had bought the company behind voice sports app Locker Room.