Discord is laying off 4% of its staff as part of a ‘reorganization of some business units’

  • Discord has laid off 4% of its staff, a spokesperson confirmed to Insider.
  • The August layoffs impacted Discord’s marketing team heavily, a source familiar with the matter said.
  • The company is undergoing a reorganization of “some business units.”

A company spokesperson confirmed to Insider that Discord laid off approximately 4% of its workforce on Thursday.

According to a source familiar with the situation, the 4% cut will affect around 40 employees. According to this source, the cuts primarily impacted the company’s marketing team. They also stated that some employees were transferred to different roles within the company. According to The New York Times, Discord had over 900 employees as of April 2023.

“Discord can confirm that approximately 4% of our team has been let go as part of the reorganization of some business units, and we are ensuring that those impacted are supported,” a spokesperson for the company said. “We are focused on the long-term growth of the business and on delivering on our mission.”

Several Discord employees working on graphic design and entertainment partnerships posted about the layoffs on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Discord is a popular social messaging platform in gaming and other creator communities. Discord started allowing US-based creators to monetize their communities on the messaging platform with server subscriptions that paywall premium content last year.

While Discord has largely avoided the industry’s wave of mass layoffs, it now joins the ranks of over 25 creator-economy companies that have laid off employees since May 2022, ranging from large corporations like Meta Platforms and TikTok to smaller startups like esports brand FaZe Clan and link-in-bio upstart Linktree.

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