11+ Stats All Discord Users Should Know In 2023
Updated · Mar 06, 2023
Do you play video games?
Chances are that there’s a Discord server with tens of thousands of people gathered together to play and talk about your favorite one.
Discord provides a space for those like you and us, video game enthusiasts, to come together. In fact, the majority of Discord users are probably avid gamers, though the platform has grown so much that it now has dedicated channels for all sorts of things.
And you know what they say…
The more popular a platform is, the more things it gives us to talk about.
Okay, they don’t say that, but we at Web Tribunal do.
Mesmerizing Discord Statistics (Editor’s Choice):
- Every day, people spend a combined four billion minutes conversing via Discord.
- In 2020, the company’s annual revenue reached $130 million.
- Discord was worth $15 billion in 2021.
- Over 350 million people have created a Discord account at some point or another.
- At least 150 million of them are still active users in 2022.
- Discord has more than 19 million active servers.
- Fortnite’s server is one of the biggest on Discord—it has 571,000 users.
- In Q1 2022, Discord disabled 826,591 accounts due to child safety concerns.
The Coolest Discord Statistics in 2022
No matter if you’re curious about Discord’s grandiose start or some more recent shocking stats, we’ve got you covered.
Read on to find out all you need to know about Discord in 2022.
1. Discord’s voice chat capabilities lured gamers away from Skype in 2015.
Discord’s initial release happened in 2012—though that’s not its official launch date.
The company reckons it should be May 13, 2015, as that’s when people actually started using it.
To be honest, it wasn’t that hard to sway users toward this new solution. When it came out, Discord’s slogan was “it’s time to ditch Skype and TeamSpeak”, and, well, most gamers didn’t have to be asked twice.
Back then, everyone was obsessing over Discord’s newest text and voice chat opportunities. Now, it has much more to offer, including Xbox and PlayStation integrations, as well as easy-peasy, high-quality live streaming for those who don’t really want to invest in dedicated solutions.
Discord is designed with gamers’ needs in mind, as Jason Citron and Stan Vishneskiy (Discord’s founders) loved video games themselves.
2. The number of servers on Discord doubled from 2020 to 2021.
(Source: Business of Apps)
“Servers” are the spaces users create on Discord. They can be public, though most of them are private and invitation-only.
You can interact with the people on the server through multiple channels or private conversations. The idea is to have a safe space where you can freely communicate with people who share your interests—be it gaming, cooking, math class, funny cat videos, or anything else you can come up with.
How many Discord servers are there?
The company boasted 13.5 million servers in 2021, which is practically double the number of servers it hosted in 2020 (6.7 million). Nowadays, though, Discord has 19 million active servers every week.
3. A server can accommodate 250,000 people.
(Source: Best Friends Club)
Unfortunately, Discord servers have their limitations. A typical server can hold up to 50 categories, 500 channels, and 250,000 members.
This is more than enough for the majority of servers. However, Discord’s popularity among certain fan bases is so big that servers require an expansion to accommodate them all.
Discord has granted Server Member Cap Increase requests on multiple occasions. For instance, the Fortnite and Minecraft servers have more than 500,000 members each.
That said, let’s put things into perspective.
While it’s quite impressive that 571,000 Fortnite fans gather in one single digital space to share their love for the game and connect with other players, the size of this Discord server is meager compared to the game’s actual user base. Fortnite’s total player count is greater than 350 million.
4. Wait, how much data does Discord use?
(Source: Get On Stream)
Understandably, Discord’s data usage per hour varies depending on what users are doing, but we can go over some estimates.
Each hour, Discord uses up to 20 MB on voice calls, up to 28 MB on texts, up to 50 MB on downloads, and up to 125 MB on uploads. As you can expect, video calls take up the most data: 200-350 MB per hour.
In fact, Discord now has a 30+ PB warehouse for all the data it has to process. Yeah, petabytes, as in 1,000,000,000,000,000 bytes.
Fun fact: Other companies handle much more data than Discord. For instance, TikTok uses 840 MB per hour, Facebook generates 4 PB per day, and Google Search processes 1,400 PB per week.
Discord Users In 2022: How Many Are There?
Millions of people have connected through Discord, some may have even formed life-long friendships after joining the same server.
Take a look at how Discord’s community has grown over the years.
5. An instant hit: Only two years after its release, 10 million people were on Discord.
(Source: Business of Apps)
By 2017, Discord had already acquired a strong user base. At the time, 10 million people were on the platform every month. Two years later, the count reached 45 million.
As of 2022, Discord’s monthly active users surpass 150 million.
That’s a very impressive 1,500% increase in just five years, wouldn’t you say?
That said, Discord still has plenty of room for growth. For instance, Microsoft Teams has 270 million MAUs.
6. Teenagers love Discord—but not as much as Millennials.
3% of teens in the US say that Discord is their favorite social media platform. Although this is a far cry compared to apps like Snapchat (35%) and TikTok (30%), it still shows that Discord is fairly popular among teenagers.
Specifically, Discord statistics suggest that 22% of its user base falls in the 16-24 age range. The biggest share (42%) goes to users who are 25-34 years old—which is unsurprising, given that the average gamer is 33 years old.
After 35, though, it seems the older people get, the less likely they are to use the platform. People in their late 40s and early 50s represent 9.6% of Discord’s active users. Furthermore, only 2.1% of the people on the platform are 65+.
7. All together, people spend four billion minutes conversing on Discord daily.
By this point, this shouldn’t come as a surprise. After all, the average user spends 280.6 minutes per month on the platform, which equates to nearly 60 hours a year.
For comparison, Netflix users spend an average of 3.5 hours a day streaming movies and TV series. That’s 1,277 hours a year—20 times more hours than what users spend on Discord.
8. Discord disabled 826,591 accounts in Q1 2022 due to child safety concerns.
One of the company’s main concerns is safety. Not just for Discord users but for society as a whole hence why the company doesn’t hesitate to disable any and all accounts (and servers) that threaten people’s wellbeing.
Just in Q1 2022, Discord disabled 1,795 accounts for encouraging self-harm, another 8,806 accounts for sharing hate messages, and an additional 13,423 accounts for harassment and bullying.
And it gets worse—Discord had to remove 12,928 accounts for supporting violent extremism and another 146,897 for sharing unsolicited sexual content.
The most disheartening fact, though, is that Discord had to shut down 826,591 accounts because they shared content that sexualizes children.
And that’s just in one quarter. We don’t want to imagine what Discord’s numbers look like by the end of the year.
9. Discord is getting better at detecting harmful activity.
Before disabling all those accounts, Discord had to become aware that they were misbehaving. But how did it know?
Well, there’s always the option for users to flag harmful content, thus letting the company know that something is wrong and allowing it to shut accounts down (reactive response).
However, the company decided to take a more proactive approach. It now employs PhotoDNA tech to compare the images Discord users upload to known child sexual abuse material.
It also created AutoMod—a server moderator bot with keyword filtering capabilities that has already stopped 20 million unwanted messages from being posted.
And Discord’s efforts have paid off. For instance, 15,032 of the 22,499 servers that were removed in Q2 2022 for sharing Sexual Content Regarding Minors (SCRM) were detected proactively.
In fact, according to Discord statistics, 62.5% of all high-harm servers were removed proactively. Back in Q4 2021, only 42% of them were.
Interesting fact: Discord catalogs cybercrime in its list of high-harm issues, and it’s also taken a proactive approach against it. Servers now come with a “suspicious link filter” that automatically blocks verified phishing links, reducing the chances of you falling for one of the 2+ million sites that are out to get you.
How Much Is Discord Worth?
A company that holds itself accountable takes a proactive approach toward safety, implements accessibility measures, and generally goes out of its way to make all its users feel welcome is, in our books, worth a lot.
But let’s put this in objective monetary terms.
10. In 2021, Discord was worth $15 billion.
(Source: Business of Apps)
Discord’s continued growth shows. Back in 2017, the company was worth $1.6 billion. A year later, it hit $2 billion. By 2019, it had reached $3.5 billion.
Then COVID-19 came along, and people’s online activity spiked, pushing the company toward $7 billion in 2020.
The following year, Discord’s valuation hit $15 billion, which means that the platform doubled its estimated value for the second year in a row.
11. Discord has acquired three organizations.
Discord’s always been keen on broadening its horizons and expanding the business. Now, five years since its inception, it has already taken three companies under its wing.
The first acquisition happened in 2018 when Discord purchased Blitz App. Then, it bought Sentropy and Ubiquity6 in June and July 2021, respectively.
Though diverse in their nature, the acquired companies are still within the platform’s market sphere and contribute to Discord’s value.
Interesting fact: Just like Discord is on the lookout for other companies to buy, there are enterprises that want to buy Discord, too. Microsoft offered the company $12 billion in 2021, but Discord turned it down.
Let’s just hope this isn’t Yahoo!’s history repeating itself.
12. By the end of 2022, Discord will probably boast over $200 million in revenue.
Unlike other social media platforms, Discord doesn’t sell ad space (or your data).
This means that no adverts will ever disturb your flow while you’re trying to form meaningful connections with fellow users—or just, you know, playing one of Roblox’s 40 million games.
Furthermore, the platform is 100% free to use. So, Discord’s revenue basically comes from the relatively few users who buy the Nitro subscription.
Back in 2017, the company generated only $10 million, but the cash kept on piling up in 2018 ($30 million) and 2019 ($45 million). The biggest revenue increase (188% YoY) came in 2020 when the company boasted $130 million.
Now, let’s do some math. Assuming that all subscribers went for the annual plan (which costs $99.99), only 1.3 million Discord users paid for a subscription in 2020. In other words, only 1.3% of all active users contributed to the company’s revenue back then.
Now that there are 150 million people actively using Discord, it’s likely that the company will generate $200+ million by the end of 2022.
Users across the globe are excited to see what Discord has in store for them. The social media platform hasn’t let us down so far, and it surely won’t disappoint now.
Discord, it’s up to you now.
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