Steam launches new chat to compete with Discord –Starting today (25th) Steam begins to release a new form of chat within the platform. With the clear objective of improving competitiveness with Discord, the chat has been in testing since June and will be released to everyone gradually.
Launched in 2015, Discord is a free chat application with voice support that caught the attention of many gamers who use, among others, the Valve platform to play games. This is a terrain that Steam has been losing users, as there are more interesting features on the Discord side, than the simple chat that exists to this day there.
Steam launches new chat to compete with Discord
The storefront that this new chat means includes features such as support for sharing GIFs and video links, without the need to install any third-party app. With the novelty, users will be able to filter friends by games and by chat group that are already inserted. As famous on Discord, Steam now also supports voice chat with other users in the same group or channel.
It’s still too early to say whether Discord’s 130 million registered users will return to Steam chat, which gives Discord a strength that few companies can by being able to identify millions of players, with information about their games and activities in this medium. It is worth remembering that having so much data about each player is very profitable information.
Apparently, the motivator for the overhaul of Steam chat is not just the chat between users, or the data that Discord has, but the fear that competing chat opens a store similar to what Valve did. If she does that, along with so many who already use her chat, it would guarantee an instant problem for the company that never launched. Half Life 2 Episode 3 (yes, i still wait for this game).