Game, Chat, Create: The Synergy of Discord and UGC

Discord is a leading platform for gamers and gaming content creators. It’s a wonderful, versatile tool, and one you must know in depth, in order to be an integral part of the UGC community.

What is Discord?

Launched in 2015, Discord began as a way to address the need for reliable voice chat software for gamers. Over the years, it evolved into a comprehensive communication platform. Today, it’s not just a space for gamers; many communities and creators from various domains call Discord their virtual home.

Discord Features

  • Channels: Both text and voice channels are available. Text channels function like chat rooms, while voice channels allow users to speak to one another.
  • Direct Messaging: Users can send private messages to other users.
  • Server Customization: Admins and mods can customize servers with unique roles, permissions, and more.
  • Bot Integration: Bots can be added to perform various tasks, from moderation to playing music.
  • Streaming & Screen Sharing: Share your screen or stream games directly on Discord.
  • Stickers, Emojis, and GIFs: Enhance conversations with visual and animated flair.
  • Security Features: Including two-factor authentication and powerful moderation tools.

Discord for Gamers & Gaming Content Creators

Discord has become an intrinsic part of this transformation, providing a platform tailored to the unique needs of this community.

Gaming Teams and Tournaments

For competitive gamers, coordination is the key. Whether it’s an MMORPG guild planning their next raid or an e-sports team preparing for a tournament, Discord offers reliable voice channels, helping teams synchronize in real-time. Features like individual volume controls allow players to adjust the audio levels of teammates, ensuring crucial instructions aren’t missed.

For tournaments, organizers can set up dedicated servers with various channels designated for different teams, referees, announcements, and live chats, ensuring smooth communication throughout the event.

Building a Fan Base

For gaming content creators, such as streamers or YouTubers, Discord serves as a bridge between them and their fan base. By creating a dedicated server, you can provide a space where fans can gather, discuss, and bond over shared content. 

Exclusive Content and Announcements

Discord offers content generators an opportunity to reward loyal fans. Using roles and permissions, creators can set up exclusive channels where only select fans can get early access to content, special announcements, or even behind-the-scenes looks. 

Collaborative Projects

The platform isn’t just for interacting with fans; it’s also a great place for creators to network with other creators. Discord makes it easy to brainstorm ideas, and start interesting projects. Voice channels can act as virtual meeting rooms, while text channels can be used to share resources, drafts, or feedback.

Hosting Virtual Events

With the introduction of stage channels, a feature similar to a live podcast where select speakers talk and others listen, gaming content creators can host virtual events. These can range from game launches, Q&A sessions, to live tutorials or walkthroughs. 

Monetization and Support

Hey, we’re here to talk about money, too, right? Discord can also serve as a source of revenue. For example, you can integrate Patreon, and offer supporters special roles on your Discord server, with added benefits like exclusive channels or direct chats. It’s a way of saying thank you to your fans and provides another revenue stream.

Tips on Using Discord for Gaming UGC

  1. Dedicated Channels: Have separate channels for different topics – patch notes, fan art, general chat, etc.
  2. Regularly Engage: Hold Q&A sessions, AMA (Ask Me Anything), or game streams.
  3. Utilize Bots: Bots like Mee6 or Dyno can help in moderating the chat, scheduling events, or even playing music.
  4. Exclusive Role Benefits: Offer special roles for active members or patrons, granting them special permissions or content.
  5. Collaborate with Fans: Hold contests where fans can suggest content or even co-create with you.
  6. Feedback Loops: Create channels dedicated to feedback and suggestions.
  7. Promote Wisely: Share your Discord link on your other social platforms, but consider making certain content exclusive to Discord to incentivize joining.
  8. Safety First: Ensure you have clear server rules and active moderators to maintain a respectful community.