Discord CEO says no plans to integrate with Ethereum after backlash
The Discord messenger platform "have no current plans" for integration with the Ethereum blockchain. This was announced by the CEO of the company Jason Citron.
Thanks for all the perspectives everyone. We have no current plans to ship this internal concept. For now we're focused on protecting users from spam, scams and fraud. Web3 has lots of good but also lots of problems we need to work through at our scale. More soon.— Jason Citron (@jasoncitron) November 11, 2021
On November 8, in response to the publication by the founder of the Not Boring project, Packy McCormick, about the possible development of Discord in the Web 3.0 ecosystem, Citron posted a pre-release screenshot showing the connection of third-party Ethereum wallets MetaMask and WalletConect to the messenger.
Despite the generally positive response from the crypto community, the CEO's tease sparked serious backlash in the Discord community. Many users accused the company of encouraging pyramid schemes and also began to unsubscribe from Nitro.
TL;DR don't leave the Discord platform whenever they officially implement N/F/T and cry/pto wallet support— AB1 (7 days 🎂) (@SySAmii_) November 9, 2021
Cancel your Nitro and put stress on their servers, they will start to heavily lose money. https://t.co/eZGrvG8kgp
Hey, I cancelled my nitro and judging by all the other replies and the hundreds of downvotes on this feature on your feedback forum, lots of others are too. Discord needs to stay the heck away from any of the crypto bs.— Lily! (@LilypadNebula) November 9, 2021
Nitro is a premium Discord service that costs $9.99 per month ($4.99 for the budget Nitro Classic). Subscription holders get extended download and server limits, animated avatars, the ability to collect and create custom emojis, themed profile badges, hi-res videos and more.
User concerns were related to the environmental impact of the Ethereum Proof-of-Work consensus model, as well as distrust of the NFT market in general.