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Discord won't implement NFT integration after all

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Discord has walked back its hint at integrated NFT use.

Last week on November 8, Discord CEO and co-founder Jason Citron hinted that the PC app would incorporate elements of NFTs, in a post to his Twitter account. Three days later on November 11, Citron has now poured cold water on the entire prospect, writing in the tweet below that the company has "no current plans to ship this internal concept."

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Additionally, Citron thanks everyone for their "perspectives," and further adds that they're "focused on protecting users from spam, scams, and fraud." However, the co-founder also adds that there'll be "more soon" on the matter, possibly alluding to proposed NFT integration returning at some point in the future.

This all follows after some very strong pushback from Discord users, in the three days since Citron first teased the addition of NFTs to Discord. Users replied to Citron's original post on Twitter, writing that they'd be canceling their Discord Nitro subscriptions with immediate effect. So strong was the pushback, that Citron and Discord have apparently stamped out any NFT-related plans.

Elsewhere however, we've seen recent pro-NFT comments from various games companies. Last week for example, EA CEO Andrew Wilson commented that NFTs were a part of the future of the video game industry, adding that he believed FIFA players wanted EA to integrate NFTs into the sports sim. Ubisoft has similarly embraced NFTs, and lists several NFT companies like Horizon and NonFungible as partners on their website.

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Hirun Cryer

Hirun Cryer is a freelance reporter and writer with Gamesradar+ based out of U.K. After earning a degree in American History specializing in journalism, cinema, literature, and history, he stepped into the games writing world, with a focus on shooters, indie games, and RPGs, and has since been the recipient of the MCV 30 Under 30 award for 2021. In his spare time he freelances with other outlets around the industry, practices Japanese, and enjoys contemporary manga and anime.