Activities on Discord
If you’ve ever stayed up way too late playing games and watching videos with people in Voice…well, you’re probably about to again. Now announcing Activities: a way to enjoy shared experiences with friends, such as games and media, on Discord itself.
Are the Activities free?
In our current format, there are some Activities that you can play for free - no additional purchases are required. Other Activities will require a Nitro subscription to launch. For these Activities, once a Nitro user has launched the Activity, any user (regardless of Nitro status) can join them to play. You’ll see which Activities are free and which require Nitro by looking at the Activity Shelf. Some games will also offer in-app-purchases for special content and upgrades.
Shutting Down the Activities in Boosting Experiment
On November 1, 2022 we plan on shutting down our Activities in Boosting experiment. Don’t worry! Following the shutdown, users in this experiment will be able to regain access to Activities through Nitro after refreshing their app. Activities that were previously unlocked with Boosts will now be unlocked with Nitro. If you don’t see Activities in your voice channels after Nov 1st, we appreciate your patience as we gradually rollout the updated experience to your account.
What Activities are available?
The following Activities are available today!
- Watch Together
- Putt Party
- Poker Night
- Sketch Heads
- Chess in the Park
- Blazing 8s
- Letter League
- Checkers in the Park
- Bobble League
How do I start an Activity?
Step 1: Join a Voice Channel.
Step 2: Click the Activity Launcher; it looks like a rocket ship.
Step 3: Select the Activity you want to play from the Shelf. You will need to provide authorization if you’ve never played before.
Step 4 (optional): Get your friends to join the Activity. To play, they need to be in the same Voice Channel and the same Activity.
Step 5: Have fun!
Can I invite others to join my Activity?
Of course! You can invite people to join your Activity directly from the Activity window. Move your mouse to unhide the Voice Channel controls, and click the “Invite to Activity” button in the corner.
If you have “Display current activity as a status message” toggled on in your user settings, then friends who can join your current Voice Channel can also join your Activity by viewing your status or your profile.
The people you invite don’t need to be in the experiment to join an ongoing Activity, but they do need to be part of the experiment group in order to start one.
How do I end or change an Activity?
To leave an Activity, click the Activity exit icon in the Voice Channel controls or in the Activity Shelf. Leaving the Voice Channel will also do the trick!
If you want to switch to another Activity, you can just select another Activity from the Shelf. Joining a new Activity will automatically remove you from the old Activity, so you can do this while you’re still in an Activity.
Can I restrict access to Activities in my server?
Admins can revoke the ability to use Activities in their server through the “Use Activities” permission. This can be done by role, channel, or channel category. This permission is granted to everyone by default. When it is revoked, users in the selected role, channel, or category will lose the ability to start new Activities or join existing ones.
- User role permissions can be found under Server Settings > Roles > Permissions > Voice Channel Permissions > Use Activities.
- Channel and channel category permissions can be found by right-clicking the channel or the category. Then go to Edit > Permissions > Voice Channel Permissions > Use Activities.
Other (Less) Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When will I be able to play on mobile?
We're currently focusing on the desktop experience. We’re not sure when the Activities will be available on mobile.
Q: Can I play in my preferred language?
Activities are currently only available in English. Thank you for your patience!
Q: When will developers be able to integrate with Activities? (or When will the ActivitiesSDK be released?)
We have no updates to share with developers regarding developer access to activities right now, but we love your enthusiasm! Sign up here to learn when we’ll have more to share.