Discord launches verified servers

Players can now join game companies’ official channels

Game developers and publishers will be able to sign up for verified servers on the official website for Discord. These servers will be run by community managers and employees of the verified companies, and players will be able to join the official Discord channel to give them a chance to “get official news and updates, engage with devs, and connect with other likeminded fans.”

Although in the past, Discord has not moderated channels, it is required for the verified servers to have “a team of moderators to assist in keeping the server a fun and appropriate place.” Additionally, an Explicit Content Filter will scan all of the messages sent to the server. Therefore, worrisome behavior, such as harassment and derogatory and abusive comments, can be removed from the server.

The “perks” to owning an official channel include a custom URL and splash page as well as a badge with a checkmark, similar to the blue checkmarks on verified Twitter accounts. Currently, more than 100 companies have a verified server, including Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, Minecraft, Supercell, and Offworld.

These official servers are similar to a game’s Steam page or official forums, and they act as another outlet for fans to have their voices heard by the game developers or other members of the community. It is a chance to offer the developers feedback, notify the developers about bugs and glitches, and to raise any concerns. For both sides, it is an opportunity to enhance the gaming experience.

[Sources: PC Gamer, Polygon]

Written by Jennifer Ly

Jennifer is an undergraduate pursuing a B.S. in Computer Science. She has minors in both English and Video Game Development. As an avid fan of RPGs, she enjoys game narrative, world building, and character development.

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