Discord changes Go Live streaming limit due to COVID-19 situation

Popular gaming chat application Discord made it easier for people to use their Go Live feature while working from home. Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, many companies around the globe have instructed employees to stay away from social interaction. Besides employers, schools and other gatherings have also come to a temporary halt. Discord has helped bridge the gap in social separation and created changes in their screen sharing service.

The app posted the news on their official Twitter account, stating an update due to the global outbreak. “We’re temporarily upping the Go Live streaming and screen share limit from 10 to 50 people for the next few months.” Discord’s Go Live streaming feature allows gamers to actively stream their games. Normally, this feature allows only 10 people to view these streams. Because more people currently work or study at home, Discord recognizes their app will be used more often.

Additionally, the statement says, “We know a lot of you around the world are currently using Discord to keep in touch and perform daily tasks from keeping up with classes to working from home. We want to help make your world a little less stressful. Please have patience with us as performance issues may arise in streams with a large number of people.”

Making it easier for students

Along with the Go Live feature, Discord also allows screen sharing. This feature gives users the option to video and voice chat up to 10 people at a time (including the user). Because of the aforementioned reasons, the sharing limit has changed from 10 to 50 as well. This change makes it easier for students and teachers to hold classes via video chat. The only other video conferencing app with this limit is Microsoft’s Skype.

The COVID-19 situation has been disruptive to the gaming world. All around the globe, many esports events have been canceled or postponed. Discord fixing their rules to satisfy the needs of their users may help ease the worries of many students and educators. Since more people have planned to work or stay home, Discord may also see an influx of users for the next coming weeks.

Carly Soba
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