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Discord makes layoffs in its marketing team

Discord makes layoffs in its marketing team

San Francisco-based communications platform Discord has made a number of layoffs.

Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, the company confirmed that it had made some cuts within its marketing department though it hasn't said how many people have lost their jobs. The company currently employs 363 people, according to its LinkedIn page.

"Yesterday we made an active shift in the talent needs of our marketing department to better serve our growing business and future ambitions," a spokesperson said.

"As part of this, some difficult personnel decisions had to be made to meet these goals."

It's possible that this is related to Discord's shift away from selling games to consumers. In September, the company revealed it was killing the game catalogue aspect of its Nitro subscription service due to the fact that, well, no-one was really playing them. Still, the company remains bullish about its platform and community in the wake of, well, what seems to be a lack of engagement

The firm also quietly closed the storefront it opened at the end of 2018 in March of this year, instead letting developers sell directly to consumers via official servers.

At the end of 2018, the company took on investment that valued it at $2bn. Earlier this year, Discord announced that it had 250m users. We caught up with CTO Stanislav Vishnevskiy to find out about the company's journey


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Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he was hired to launch PCGamesInsider.biz for Steel Media before departing the firm in October 2019.

He has also written for GamesIndustry.biz, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.

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