While Discord is very powerful, it ultimately is an even more voice-based chat than Skype is, which could in turn form an even bigger barrier for new players after a switch.
Additionally it would alienate any veterans who would return, but on skype.. And it would cut ties much more strongly for quitting players (in the end many Battle Dawn players are adults who don't play games, they would simply delete Discord).
Skype was, for many reasons, a very bad thing to happen to this game. Namely it greatly increased the barrier to become part of the community by making them join something they may not trust (a common reason we get when someone refuses to install skype, is that they think it means they'll have to voice call).
-- Discord is even less prevalent, more focused on voice (also extremely alienating to people who don't speak english very well) and more specific for gaming.
In the end Skype has 660 million users, 300 million+ logging in monthly, while Discord proudly touted 11 million registers over the year 2016 (which by no means means active users..).
Simply put -- While I don't doubt it would work very well for the BD community, that's precisely why we should not allow it to happen. It would potentially be even more disastrous for retention than the Skype switch.
Unless someone can bring a very strong argument (VERY strong), I feel we have no choice but to actively block any switch to Discord.
Edit: Discord broke their own record last year with 1 million concurrent users. Skype also did so, with 80 million.
Edit: Some additional stuff I forgot to mention:
- Skype actually fits BD specifically much better (allowing for wake-up calls through it, for example)
- Skype creates deeper connections (can quit BD and get dragged in through skype -- A move to discord would make it a lot easier to quit the game. Sounds good, but not good for the game )
- Skype makes it fairly big barrier to voice call, which in turn means its all exclusively text, very beneficial to non-natively english people like myself.
-- Make voice calling easily enough, and eventually a lot of/most casual chatting will become voice, as you spend nights on BD together...
Could be very excluding and painful for a big part of the community.
--- I've thought this over and discussed it before. Discord is very nice. I use it. But I fear it would do great damage to the game.
Another thing to consider:
If admins of BD monitor it, we would have no choice but crack down on misbehavior in chats, meaning entire sub communities that currently go beyond even legal limits would need to go, even if they do so for their own amusement purely.
If its a player, we'd have no guarantee how they behave, what they do, or hell, they could just delete the entire BD community in a bad mood... No way we can let a player control it either...
Having a third party controlled platform is a pretty huge advantage..