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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 launched PCGamesInsider.biz in August 2017 and has been its editor since. Prior to this, he was deputy editor at UK based games trade paper MCV and content editor for marketing and events for London Games Festival 2017. His work has also appeared in Eurogamer, The Observer, Kotaku UK, Esquire UK and Develop.

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