Discord increases Go Live streaming and screen share limit amid COVID-19 outbreak

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What you need to know

  • COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases have passed 100,000 worldwide.
  • Many employers and schools are encouraging people to stay home amid shut downs.
  • Discord, the popular gaming chat app, has increased its Go Live streaming and share screen limits in order to help alleviate those affected by the pandemic.

Maybe gaming is good after all. Amid the coronavirus outbreak that has swept the world, Discord is increasing its Go Live streaming and share screen limits from 10 to 50 for the next few months. This is in direct response to those who need to communicate now more than ever to go about their daily lives.

The company says that this limit will stay up while it's "most critically needed," and there may be some performance issues as a result from the influx of people. Discord will work hard to ensure everything runs as smoothly as possible during this time.

Though it's a small gesture, it's still nice to see companies step up and do the ring thing during situations like this. Discord is a chat app that's widely popular within the gaming community, and hundreds of millions of people use it worldwide.

Earlier today, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) had announced that E3 2020 was canceled due to rising coronavirus concerns. The event had been scheduled to take place in June in Los Angeles. This followed the cancellation of SXSW and GDC being postponed late last month. It's hard to predict what affects this will have on the industry, but I'd have to imagine that they're tremendous.

Remember to practice safe hygiene even when working from home. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least thirty seconds, cough and sneeze into your arm, and use hand sanitizer when needed.

Jennifer Locke

Jennifer Locke has been playing video games nearly her entire life, and is very happy Xbox is growing a stronger first-party portfolio. You can find her obsessing over Star Wars and other geeky things on Twitter @JenLocke95.