Discord is experiencing a widespread outage, preventing users from connecting to the communication app. The outage started around 2:45 PM ET and is preventing users from engaging in conversations or participating in text chats. “We are currently investigating a widespread API outage and are working to resolve it as soon as possible,” says the official Discord Twitter account.
Discord is widely used by the gaming community and currently has 150 million monthly active users. This latest outage seems to affect all users, with widespread reports of issues even when connecting to the service.
In a message in the Discord client, the company says:
“We have identified the underlying issue with the API failure, but are dealing with a secondary issue on one of our database clusters. We have a full on-call response team online and responding to the issue. ”
Discord last had a brief outage in November, after problems with Google Cloud caused problems for the communications app. This latest downtime has been flagged as a “major outage” on Discord’s status page, and it’s clear that the service has been taken completely offline for most users.
Discord has been quietly building its own app platform based on bots for the past few years and plans to release a new app discovery feature in the spring. Bots are an important part of the Discord experience, with over 30 percent of Discord servers using them.