Discord’s new Premium Memberships feature will let server owners hide their content behind a paywall of monthly subscription fees.
Discord is testing a new Premium Memberships feature that will allow server owners to charge community members to access some or all of their servers.
The platform has never offered a native way to put a paywall on content, and Channel owners looking to monetize their content have been requesting the feature for some time. To make money from their work, many communities have been using third-party services such as Patreon.
Discord announced the arrival of the new feature in testing this week, explaining that Premium Memberships offer a “streamlined and simple way to offer premium experiences, content, and interactions within your community. You can set it up, devise tiered perks, and view analytics on member engagement directly on Discord. And with a quick and seamless process, members can subscribe and immediately access benefits with payments and support all happening directly within Discord.”
The platform is currently testing the feature with a “select handful” of communities before opening it up to all members in 2022, as the company expects. So far, Discord has not disclosed information about the commission it will charge server owners for the service.
Over the past couple of years, Discord has been developing tools for communities to serve their members better, introducing features like Stage Channels and, more recently, a new feature, Scheduled Events.
It has also stepped up its game to reduce spam and develop new tools for moderators to run and manage communities more efficiently.
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