Sony Interactive Entertainment and Discord will join the communication service to PlayStation Network early subsequent 12 months, now that Sony has taken an ownership stake in Discord’s newest spherical of capital-raising.

SIE president and CEO Jim Ryan didn’t checklist specifics for a way PlayStation and Discord will work collectively. “Our goal is to bring the Discord and PlayStation experiences closer together on console and mobile starting early next year,” Ryan mentioned, “allowing friends, groups, and communities to hang out, have fun, and communicate more easily while playing games together.” Sony’s funding in Discord was made “to bring these experiences to life for our players,” he mentioned.

Ryan mentioned each firms are already at work on Discord/PSN integration. “Empowering players to create communities and enjoy shared gaming experiences is at the heart of what we do,” Ryan mentioned.

Discord, a voice-over-internet-protocol communication service, launched in 2015 and as of December claimed greater than 140 million month-to-month lively customers. Much of its development comes from the app’s reputation amongst online game communities, the place Discord features as each a everlasting group chat and a celebration voice chat.

In March, the Wall Street Journal reported that Microsoft was in talks to buy Discord as a part of a $10 billion deal. Discord reportedly walked away from talks with Microsoft, intending to keep impartial and pursue an preliminary public providing.

The transfer additionally follows Sony’s acquisition, in March, of the Evolution Championship Series. Terms of that deal weren’t disclosed, however as the most important occasion on combating video games’ calendar, it connects Sony with one in every of video gaming’s largest communities and sub-cultures.