Discord announced it is temporarily increasing the number of people who can view a live stream to 50 as a result of the coronavirus.
Discord originally began as a platform for gamers to be able to communicate. The platform is especially popular with games that involve massive numbers of players, such as Eve Online, as it gives gamers the ability to better coordinate with each other. Since its launch, however, Discord has grown beyond gaming and is now used for a variety of purposes.
As the coronavirus pandemic sweeps the globe, more and more people are working from home, taking virtual classes and remotely tackling tasks that would normally be done in person. This unprecedented need is what prompted the folks at Discord to take the step they did.
“We wanted to find a way to help, so we’re temporarily upping the limit on Go Live to 50 people at a time, up from 10,” writes Jason Citron, Founder/CEO. “Go Live is free to use and lets people privately stream or screen share apps from a computer while others watch on any device — so teachers can conduct a class, co-workers can collaborate, and groups can still meet. You can learn more about how to get started with Go Live here.
“While we created Discord to bring people together around games, we’re thrilled that so many of you are using it in so many different ways. We’ll maintain the higher user limit as long as it’s critically needed — we hope it makes peoples’ lives just a little easier and a little less stressful day-to-day.”