Unhappy users flooded Discord’s website after its founder and CEO hinted that it would be integrating NFTs into the platform. This is surprising given that Discord is the go-to hub of NFT Projects to build their community. Just like how ICO and Cryptocurrencies gravitated towards Telegram, a Discord channel is a must-have for every NFT Project.
Discord’s Next Move: Integrate NFTs?
On Monday, Discord’s founder and CEO Jason Citron responded via Twitter to a newsletter written by entrepreneur Packy McCormick. The piece basically looks at Discord’s potential as a future leader in the Web3 space.
Citron replied to McCormick’s Twitter post about the piece with two simple words and a screenshot. “Probably Nothing” alongside a photo of an unreleased Discord feature that integrates a user’s Ethereum wallet with their Discord account.
The two words were enough to ignite the ire of some Discord users. Amidst the sea of disapproval, the top sentiment is how a vast number of scams already permeate Discord Channels. So integrating NFTs, will further encourage and entice. Some cited the environmental impact of minting NFTs.
“I’ve been using Discord all day, every day for years but I will drop it in a hot second if it starts integrating this pyramid scheme money laundering planet-destroying evil inc. Bullshit,” read one of the many comments on Discord’s site.
What is Web3 and How Can Projects and Platforms Take Advantage?
The feature hinted at by Citron looks similar to the NFT verification feature that Twitter has been working on. Basically, a user can connect their crypto wallets to the platform to automatically populate their account with the NFTs they own to showcase them publicly.
This feature is possible thanks to the advancement of Web3. Basically, it is the next iteration of the internet after Web 2.0, which powered social media sites and apps. It is the version of the internet where everything is run on the blockchain.
Most cryptocurrency and NFT enthusiasts consider gaming as the main driver of Web3. Given that Discord is hugely popular with gamers, the move makes sense. In fact, the majority of Discord users are gamers. We’ve seen the power of NFT games particularly those that adapt play-t0-earn models like Axie Infinity.