Discord Adds e-Sports Teams to Verified Servers Program

Discord, a gaming-centric chat application, has paired up with several e-sports teams, broadening the grasp of its verified servers program. In short, users can instantly confirm if they are conversing with an official team via a gray “Verified” badge. Discord has verified 20 new pro team servers, dedicated to games like “Defense of the Ancients,” “League of Legends,” “CounterStrike: Global Operative” and “Overwatch.” Some of these new verified teams include the Overwatch League and pro-gaming groups like Cloud 9, Echo Fox and 100 Thieves. Despite these improvements, Discord has not evolved its program to verify individual players nor the servers of individual players, as the application already offers a Partners program to interested game streamers.

Previously, Discord’s verification badge was limited to musicians, game studios and publishers; it still lacks support for community servers. For a server to qualify for the badge, the server must have a moderator team, two-factor authentication and explicit content filtration. Discord’s expansion is one more step toward growing out of its beta build days, where it had little in the way of deterrence from toxic subcultures and online trolling from the alt-right. While other social outlets like Facebook and YouTube already have the means to verify accounts, verification can help sort the imitators from the genuine articles.

Fake accounts are a known problem with Discord, especially when users can list themselves as whatever appellation they want to be recognized by; any user who operate the program on multiple devices is bound to wind up with duplicates of the same name. Despite Discord’s community guidelines having a specific mention about abstaining from the creation of spam accounts, the worst-possible enforceable punishment for flagrant abuse is deletion of the account.