What you need to know
- Guilded announces its first public API for third-party bot makes.
- Available in early access right now and developers can request to join the program.
- The biggest gap to Discord is going to close up now with the arrival of third-party bots.
Folks have been gradually starting to switch from Discord to Guilded in increasing numbers and the latest announcement from the platform is going to make that process even easier. Guilded has announced a public API for the first time which will allow third-party bot developers to build for the platform. As I recently covered in a piece on Guilded, third-party bots were the biggest gap when comparing the service to Discord.
Guilded servers already have a rudimentary bot system built in, allowing its members to create their own custom tools without the need for any programming knowledge and use trigger systems IFTTT and Zapier. But what everyone really wants is the third-party bot ecosystem enjoyed by Discord servers.
And it sounds like it won't be a copy and paste, either. Guilded offers a number of additional features on top of Discord, such as integrated calendars, and Guilded bots will be able to hook into all aspects of a server.
Initially, the API is in early access and interested developers can submit a request to be part of it. Initial partners include some well known bots, including Statbot, PatchBot, Pixel Chat and PLAYR.gg. More information can be found on the Guilded blog.
The alternative to Discord you've been looking for
With apps for mobile, desktop, and the web, Guilded is a slick platform for gaming communities that gets better all the time.
Richard Devine is an Editor at Windows Central. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently you'll find him covering all manner of PC hardware and gaming, and you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.
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