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20 Discord Statistics, Facts and Trends for 2022

If you’ve ever needed a way to communicate quickly and effectively online, you’ve probably come across Discord. Our list of Discord statistics shows just how popular the platform is, with millions of monthly active users and servers.

Andrej Hadji-Vasilev
By Andrej Hadji-Vasilev (Writer)
— Last Updated: 2022-07-31T20:00:00+00:00 Facts checked by Eugenie Tiu

Ever since Discord was introduced in May 2015, its popularity has grown rapidly. The platform allows you to communicate with others via text, voice and video chat, as well as join Discord servers with other like-minded individuals. To explore how the platform has paved the way for easy online communication, we’ve created a list of our favorite Discord statistics. 

Key Takeaways:

  • With millions of users and servers, Discord launched in 2015 and has established itself as a dominant player in the online communications industry, including for chat, voice and video conversations. 
  • The platform’s net worth is estimated to be around $15 billion, and that’s expected to grow in the future. 
  • Although the Fortnite server is the largest Discord server, more than three-quarters of Discord users say they use the app for non-gaming activities.

We’ll take a look at how many people use Discord, what it’s most often used for, as well as some statistics about servers, conversations and revenue. Here are 20 key Discord statistics for 2022. 

Discord Statistics By the Numbers
  • Around 150 million people actively use Discord each month.

  • The United States uses Discord the most, with 27.61% of Discord traffic coming from the U.S.

Key Discord Statistics on Users

Discord is all about its users, so we’ll start things off with statistics about the average Discord user and Discord usage. How many Discord registered users are there in total? How many monthly active users does the platform have? Stick with us as we run the numbers.

Discord mobile
Discord’s user number has tripled in three years, from 56 million in 2019 to 150 million in 2022.

1. Discord Has 150 Million Monthly Active Users

Although this is only 10 million more registered users compared to 2021, it’s worth mentioning that Discord only had 56 million monthly active users back in 2019. The spike in the past two years could be attributed to the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, with the platform eating into the messaging dominance of apps such as Meta’s Messenger and WhatsApp.1, 7

Number of Discord Users, in Millions

2. You Need to Be at Least 13 to Use Discord

Discord is made for users 13 years or older, or the age of digital consent in their respective country if that age is above 13. That said, many Discord servers will require you to be 18 or older to join them. This is because users sometimes post explicit content that is not suitable for minors.9

3. Discord Has a Record of 8.2 Million Peak Concurrent Users

While this record happened back in 2018, there is no new information that indicates this record has been broken. Discord was pushing hard to add new features and attract more users in the first three years of its existence, and this was a significant milestone for the platform.15

4. 78% of Discord Users Claim to Use the App Mostly for Non-Gaming Activities, or Equally for Gaming and Other Activities

Discord was initially meant to be a tool for online gamers to communicate with each other while gaming. Nowadays, 78% of users claim to use the platform primarily for non-gaming activities, or for gaming and non-gaming activities equally.1

Primary Use of Discord

5. The Average US Discord User Spends 280.6 Minutes per Month on Discord

That works out to about nine minutes per day. Most Discord users don’t spend large chunks of time actively browsing servers. Instead, they log on to reply to a message in a channel, and may join a voice or video channel every once in a while.5

6. Discord Is the Favorite Social Media Platform for 3% of US Teenagers 

Although Discord still trails behind TikTok, Instagram and Snapchat as the most popular social platforms for teens, 3% put it on par with giants such as Facebook and Twitter, which are declining in popularity among teenagers. When we factor in the platform’s rapid growth in the past two years, we can expect this number to grow.16

U.S. Teenagers’ Favorite Social Media

Discord Server Statistics

Whether it’s a private server for you and your friends, or a public server created by a community, Discord revolves around servers. Discord servers are like communities where you can communicate via text, voice or video — and users must be invited into to join the community. Here are a few fun Discord server statistics.

7. You Can Join Up to 200 Servers With Discord Nitro

To join a server, you’ll need an invite, or you can create a server of your own (as we covered in our Discord 101 article). If you aren’t paying for Discord Nitro, you can only be a member of up to 100 servers at the same time. A Nitro subscription increases that limit to 200 servers.8

Free Discord users 100 server limit
Free Discord users are capped to 100 servers.

8. There Are 19 Million Active Discord Servers Weekly

While Discord was originally gaming-centric, nowadays registered users create servers for a variety of uses. Server themes range from specific interests or fandoms to casual communication with real-life friends or schoolmates.9

9. 4 Billion Server-Conversation Minutes Happen Daily

This refers to Discord’s voice chats, and it helps put into perspective just how popular the platform is for users. Compared to the 530 million messages sent per day on the platform, it’s obvious that users prefer to use it for voice communication, rather than text. 9, 15

10. Discord Has Over 850 Physical Voice & Video Servers

Discord has over 850 servers that are dedicated to voice and video calls. These are Discord’s physical servers that they use to be able to handle all users’ voice and video calls. This is part of the reason why you can only have 25 users on a video chat — it’s very bandwidth-heavy, and Discord wants to make sure there aren’t any quality compromises.10

11. The Fortnite Server Is the Largest Discord Server

With over 845,000 members, Fortnite has by far the largest Discord server. Roblox’s server takes the second spot with over 790,000 members. Stunt YouTuber MrBeast’s server comes in at a close third with 765,000 thousand members.7

Number of Users on the Largest Discord Servers

12. Around 90% of Discord Servers Have Fewer Than 15 Users

This doesn’t make them failures by any means. Many people have a separate server for each of their friend groups, and many of those have fewer than 15 users. This gives Discord members more of a private experience, letting them share whatever they want with their close friends.11

Discord server numbers
Nine in 10 Discord servers have 15 or fewer users, but the largest server has 845,000 members.

Discord Revenue Statistics

Discord is an ad-free platform, even on its free tier, but it still has to make its annual revenue somehow. Here are a few statistics and facts that offer insight into how Discord makes its money.

13. Discord Revenue was Estimated at $300 Million in 2021

In 2016, when Discord was starting out, it made $5 million in revenue. By 2019, that number rose to $45 million, and almost tripled the following year to $130 million. The platform’s rapid growth doesn’t stop there, as Discord is estimated to have made $300 million in 2021.5

Discord Revenue, in Millions

14. Discord Nitro is Discord’s Main Source of Income

Nitro is Discord’s premium subscription plan. It has two tiers: Discord Nitro Classic, at $4.99 per month (or $49.99 per year) and Discord Nitro, at $9.99 per month (or $99.99 per year). 

The difference between the two is that the latter allows for a larger maximum file upload size, higher quality video and two server boosts (Nitro Classic has just one server boost). 

Discord doesn’t make any money through advertising — even the free tiers are ad-free, so subscriptions make up the bulk of the platform’s income.1

Discord Nitro
Discord makes profits from Nitro, which upgrades the Discord experience. 

15. Discord Raised a $500 Million Funding Round in 2021

In December 2020, the platform raised $100 million in funding, which has Discord valued at $7.3 billion. A bit less than a year later, in September 2021, Discord raised $500 million in a new funding round, doubling its valuation to $15 billion.2

Other Quirky Discord Statistics & Facts

These stats and facts don’t fall within any of the three categories above — they’re fun pieces of Discord trivia that we found interesting. 

16. Rythm Was the First Discord Bot to Surpass 1 Million Servers

Rythm is (or was, to be more exact) arguably the platform’s most popular bot. You could add Rythm to a voice channel and have it play music for you in high quality. It used to log as many as 200 orders per second, until it was blocked by Google because it used YouTube to stream music. Rythm’s website claims the bot will return soon.12

17. Discord Rejected a $12 Billion Purchase Offer From Microsoft 

Microsoft was the only company to make a serious offer when Discord wanted to go public in 2021. However, the sale talks were shut down swiftly, with Discord focusing on its own growth and the potential to go on the stock market at some point. Discord maintains the same ownership it has since 2015, with CEO and co-founder Jason Citron leading the company.4

18. The Average Senior Software Engineer at Discord Makes $218,363 per Year

Based on Glassdoor reports from 14 senior software engineers at Discord, their average yearly salary is $218,363. According to Payscale, the average overall salary for a senior software engineer is around $121,572 per year, which means engineers working at Discord are paid well in comparison.13

19. The Name “Discord” Doesn’t Have a Special Meaning

Apparently, when Jason Citron created the platform, he merely liked the name “Discord.” Some speculate that it might stem from the word “discord,” meaning a lack of agreement. This may reference the fact that in 2015, no single communication platform offered all the features Discord collects in one place.14

20. Harassment and Spam Make Up 45% of Discord Incident Reports

Harassment reports own the largest share at 32%, and spam reports are the second largest group at 13%. If you’re concerned about harassment on Discord, check out the tips in our Discord safety article, which shares simple and user-friendly ways to stay safe on Discord.1

Discord Incident Reports by Type

Final Thoughts: Discord Stats

Discord leads the industry in easy online communication. Millions of users rely on it for in-game communication, exchanging information with schoolmates or just talking to their friends online. 

Do you use Discord on the daily? Do you use it for in-game communication, schoolwork or keeping in touch with your friends? What is your favorite Discord statistic that we missed? Let us know in the comments, and as usual, thank you for reading. 

Sources:

  1. CNBC: Disruptor 50 — Discord
  2. CNBC: Discord CEO on Social Audio App’s Next Big Spends After Recent $500 million Funding
  3. Discord Has Turned Down Microsoft’s $12 Billion Bid
  4. The Wall Street Journal — What Is Everybody Doing on Discord? 
  5. Top.gg — Discord Servers (sorted by total members)
  6. Discord — Terms of Service
  7. Insider Intelligence — Discord Eats Into Meta’s Messaging Dominance
  8. Whizcase — How Many Discord Servers Can You Join?
  9. Discord — About Discord
  10. Discord — How Discord Handles 2.5 Million Concurrent Voice Users Using WebRTC
  11. Fast Company — Inside Discord’s Risky Push to Position Itself as The Anti-Facebook
  12. Medium — Bot Spotlight: Rhythm — The First Discord Bot to Hit 1 Million Servers
  13. Glassdoor — Discord
  14. Discord — 2015.05.21 Ask Me Anything Transcript
  15. Variety — Discord Turns Three, Hits 130 Million User Milestone
  16. Piper Sandler — Taking Stock With Teens, 2022 Report