March 25, 2020 (Pittsburgh, PA) With the current outbreak of COVID-19 and the CDC’s recommendations of self-quarantine and social-distancing, many people are moving their social lives online. Tools like FaceTime, Google Hangouts, and even Zoom are making the rounds, but the gaming community is way ahead of the pack. Video game and esports enthusiasts the world over have mastered the art of digital socializing, and their platform of choice is Discord.
If you’re already familiar with Discord, then head over to discord.gg/knights for everything Pittsburgh esports. If you haven’t heard of Discord, though, read on.
Discord is a social networking site that combines elements of chat rooms, instant messenger, and Google Hangouts, and seamlessly integrates voice chat, video chat, and written communication. It has been a main hub for the gaming community for years and offers a truly unique opportunity for brands and fans to connect. A quick walk through Discord and you can see how easily transferable real life experiences are on this platform.
The Pittsburgh Knights have a Discord server – essentially a space or channel that we manage for all things Knights. Within that server are different chats or rooms that followers have access to. We host game nights, giveaways, watch parties, online tournaments, community hangouts and more – all on Discord. To learn about these events, announcements, and fun content, join our server here – discord.gg/knights – and keep your notifications on!
There are a multitude of groups, organizations, and esports teams with their own servers on Discord. Imagine each one as a different bar on the same street – you would likely want to frequent the establishment where you have lots of common interests with the other patrons. If you like football and hockey, you’d go to a sports bar; if you like country music and cowboy boots, you’d go to a Western bar. You can go in with your friends, sit at your own table, but still be able to interact with other people in the bar, who you presumably already have a lot in common with, based on your pub selection, and generally see what’s going on around you. In that same vein, if you and your friends like video games and Pittsburgh, you would go to the Knights Discord server.
There is also a room on the Knights server called “Main Office” where only Knights employees have access. Within that room are smaller rooms – Meeting Room 1, Meeting Room 2, and even virtual desks for each employee. So, while the Knight’s employees are in their “main office”, people in the community “rooms” can see that the staff is online, even if they can’t virtually enter the same rooms and talk to them. It’s like a radio station that has rooms with glass walls so that people walking past can see the DJs inside.
When you join the server, you’ll be asked to make an account. Once you do, your name and icon will pop up on the screen and you can move it into any room you’d like to enter. Everyone else on the platform can see you there, see you moving about, and even see if you’re talking or muted. You can talk to people in your room, type messages in the room, share documents, video chat, and even screen share and stream your video game play.
Don’t let social distancing keep you from having fun with friends or keep you from making new ones. See you on Discord!