ソニーがDiscordに出資と提携、PlayStationにチャットアプリ搭載へ

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今回は「ソニーがDiscordに出資と提携、PlayStationにチャットアプリ搭載へ」についてご紹介します。

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本記事は、TechCrunch様で掲載されている内容を参考にしておりますので、より詳しく内容を知りたい方は、ページ下の元記事リンクより参照ください。


Sony(ソニー)とDiscord(ディスコード)は、ゲームに特化した人気のDiscordチャットアプリをPlayStation独自のソーシャルツールに統合する提携を発表した。Discord買収の交渉がごく最近打ち切られたことを考えると、大きな、そしてかなり驚くべき動きだ。噂されているDiscordのIPOを前に、ソニーはDiscordの少数株を取得するのにMicrosoft(マイクロソフト)よりも良い条件を提示したようだ。

関連記事:Discordがマイクロソフトによる買収を固辞、独自に新規株式公開を目指す

短い発表文の中で提携の正確な中身は示されなかった。実際に何が起きるのかTechCrunchが耳にしたことはというと、両社が「2022年初めにDiscordとPlayStationのエクスペリエンスをコンソールとモバイル上で一体化させる」ということで、これは少なくとも簡単に想像できることだ。

Discordは以前にもコンソールプラットフォームと提携しているが、その相手はMicrosoftで、特に深い統合ではなかった。今回の提携は「あなたがPS5で何をプレイしているのかを友達が見ることができる」「ソニーのシステムを利用するあらゆる人のための代替チャットインフラ」以上のものであることはほぼ確実だ。システム全域に及ぶ深い統合となる可能性があるが、あなたが友達を自分のゲームに招待したり、あるいは友達のゲームにあなたが参加したりするときに「Discordでのボイスチャットで開始する」というような、明らかにDiscordブランドのオプションだ。

2022年初めというタイムラインはまた、統合が主要なプロダクト変更であり、おそらくソニーの長期的なPS5ロードマップにおける大きなプラットフォームアップデートと同時に行われることを示唆している。

ボイスチャットに関しては新しいPlayStationが古いものよりも優れている一方で、古いものはそもそも良くなかった。そしてDiscordは扱うのは簡単というわけではないが、何百万人というゲーマーがすでに毎日使っている。そして最近ではゲームが排他的でなければ、しっかりとクロスプラットフォームであるというのが次善のオプションだ。というわけで、PS5プレイヤーがPCプレイヤーとシームレスにチャットできるのはその部分での弱点を減らすことになる。

もちろんMicrosoftはXboxとWindowsエコシステムの両方を展開しているというアドバンテージがある。しかし同社は繰り返し機会を模索してきた。Discordの買収はすべてをつなぎ合わせる欠けていたピースだったのかもしれないが、相手に逃げられてしまった。報道されたところではMicrosoftの買収交渉ではDiscordの企業価値を100億ドル(約1兆907億円)と評価したが、成長中のDiscordはIPOで自由に展開し、珍重されるペットになるよりも支配的なボイスプラットフォームになるという挑戦を選んだようだ。

金銭面に関していえば、ソニーはDiscordの直近の1億ドル(約109億円)のHラウンドに参加してすでに同社と関わっている。ソニーの拠出額は明らかにされていないが、引受額とトータルの評価額を考えたときに、必然的に少数持ち分以上とはなり得ない。

画像クレジット:Discord


【原文】

Sony and Discord have announced a partnership that will integrate the latter’s popular gaming-focused chat app with PlayStation’s own built-in social tools. It’s a big move and a fairly surprising one given how recently acquisition talks were in the air — Sony appears to have offered a better deal than Microsoft, taking an undisclosed minority stake in the company ahead of a rumored IPO.

The exact nature of the partnership is not expressed in the brief announcement post. The closest we come to hearing what will actually happen is that the two companies plan to “bring the Discord and PlayStation experiences closer together on console and mobile starting early next year,” which at least is easy enough to imagine.

Discord has partnered with console platforms before, though its deal with Microsoft was not a particularly deep integration. This is almost certainly more than a “friends can see what you’re playing on PS5” and more of a “this is an alternative chat infrastructure for anyone on a Sony system.” Chances are it’ll be a deep, system-wide but clearly Discord-branded option — such as “Start a voice chat with Discord” option when you invite a friend to your game or join theirs.

The timeline of early 2022 also suggests that this is a major product change, probably coinciding with a big platform update on Sony’s long-term PS5 roadmap.

While the new PlayStation is better than the old one when it comes to voice chat, the old one wasn’t great to begin with, and Discord is not just easier to use but something millions of gamers already do use daily. And these days, if a game isn’t an exclusive, being robustly cross-platform is the next best option — so PS5 players being able to seamlessly join and chat with PC players will reduce a pain point there.

Of course Microsoft has its own advantages, running both the Xbox and Windows ecosystems, but it has repeatedly fumbled this opportunity and the acquisition of Discord might have been the missing piece that tied it all together. That bird has flown, of course, and while Microsoft’s acquisition talks reportedly valued Discord at some $10 billion, it seems the growing chat app decided it would rather fly free with an IPO and attempt to become the dominant voice platform everywhere rather than become a prized pet.

Sony has done its part, financially speaking, by taking part in Discord’s recent $100 million H round. The amount they contributed is unknown, but perforce it can’t be more than a small minority stake, given how much the company has taken on and its total valuation.

(文:Devin Coldewey、翻訳:Nariko Mizoguchi)

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