Discord Throws ETH & NFT in Bin

The community-messaging app Discord, known to many within the crypto space and many more within the NFT community, has announced that it will be dropping plans to integrate Ethereum-based integrations within its platform.

The decision was made after Jason Citron, CEO and founder of Discord, tweeted an image depicting what can only be described as an integration menu between Discord and Ethereum, featuring MetaMask and WalletConnect as potential integration options. This tweet was met with a flurry of users threatening to cancel Discord Nitro Subscriptions (a paid service provided by Discord on their platform to improve user experience and give access to exclusive functionality) and boycott the platform entirely.

The vast majority of criticism stated the environmental impact of NFTs as the leading cause of their opposition, and the potential use of NFTs in Ponzi schemes and money laundering activities as other causes. One user stated:

I kindly request that you to not engage in the NFT scene. I want an app that does not enable a money laundering scheme that is also proven to contribute to climate change. The last thing that I want as a user of your product is to hurt the environment, which I care about deeply.

Just a few days later, Citron sent out another tweet that implied the Ether-integration functionality was no longer being developed, saying:

Thanks for all the perspectives everyone. We have no current plans to ship this internal concept. For now we’re focused on protecting users from spam, scams and fraud. Web3 has lots of good but also lots of problems we need to work through at our scale. More soon.

It wasn’t all criticism however, as a lot of NFT collections and businesses use Discord as a primary community hub and forum. One user simply stated:

Those of you “against” NFTs… please examine where you are getting your information. NFTs are a fundamentally disruptive new technology that bring organizational power to individuals and bypasses corporations. It’s been used in some cringe ways but so has the internet.

I personally am saddened to hear that Discord is no longer planning to release Ethereum-integration on its platform, I think it would have done wonders for the NFT industry, and perhaps if the integration had included Polygon or Solana, such a backlash wouldn’t have had such a great impact.