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Difference Between Riot and Discord

Today, most people would prefer instant messaging (IM) over video chatting, and there are several good chat programs or apps out there for just that. Instant messaging mean a lot of things to a lot of people, but at its most basic, IM is an Internet service that allows users to communicate with each other directly in real time. Although, most Internet users prefer email over IM as a form of formal communication, there are almost a quarter of IM users who instant message more than they email. Not just professionals, gamers have also started using voice and chat-based apps to interact with their fellow team members online. Most gamers use either the built-in VoIP engine that comes pre-installed with the game itself or a separate chat program.

Voice chat has become a standard fare among online gaming communities. So why bother sharing a couch with your fellow mates while playing when you can comfortably sit at the comfort of your own couch at home and play and chat at the same time? There are plenty of such tools exist, some of which are made exclusively for gamers. But with so many options out there, it’s sometimes hard to choose the one that is right for you and your team members. Discord is one such voice and chat program which is very popular and widely used across the gaming community. Riot is a relatively new player and the most feature-rich client for the Matrix protocol, and which could be a possible replacement for Discord.

 

What is Discord?

Discord is a proprietary voice-based and chat application and digital distribution platform designed by the gamers and for the gamers. It is a free, full-featured chat application that facilitates text, video and voice based communication between users through proprietary channels. It runs on Android, Windows, macOS, iOS, Linux, and as web app via a web link. It allows users to join a specific channel via a link through invites, meaning one can send invites to a group of people who can join in using the web app without needing to create an account or install the app. It allows you to create secure chat channels to invite your friends over for a collaborative gaming experience. Setup is easy so you and your friends can get going within minutes.

 

What is Riot?

Riot is a flexible, simple to use instant messaging client and a Discord alternative which uses the Matrix open communications protocol and is distributed under the free software Apache License 2.0. It is a UK-borne app available in over 25 languages and trusted by millions of users worldwide. Riot is a complete communication solution that allows team members to share and exchange data and collaborate on projects across different chat apps and third party programs. With its easy-to-use, intuitive interface, Riot lets you control your own data in both a private or business context. In addition, it is open-source, self-hosted and end-to-end encrypted, and is available for Android and iOS and also as a web app.

 

Difference between Riot and Discord

Tool

– Discord is a proprietary voice-based and chat application and digital distribution platform designed by the gamers and for the gamers. It is a free, full-featured chat application that facilitates text, video and voice based communication between users through proprietary channels. Riot, on the other hand, is an open-source, self-hosted instant messaging app distributed under the free software Apache License 2.0. Both the apps allow users to stay connected in real time as a collaborative effort for their in-game communication needs.

Technology

– Discord is a proprietary VoIP application built on the Electron framework that uses web technologies like HTML, CSS and JavaScript to build desktop applications. It allows you to build a community, either through invites only or public membership. By creating a server on Discord, you and your team members can collaborate on game strategies through text and chat channels. Riot, on the other hand, is a flexible, self-hosted instant messaging client which uses the Matrix protocol to facilitate real-time communication over an open federation of servers. Riot allows communications through several other protocols with bridges.

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Summary

Discord is one of the leading voice and chat programs out there which is very popular and widely used across the gaming community. Discord is a proprietary voice and chat application that facilitates text, video and voice based communication between users through proprietary channels. However, unlike Riot, Discord is closed-source, meaning the code is not available for reproduction. Riot, on the other hand, is a relatively new player and the most feature-rich client for the Matrix protocol, and which could be a possible replacement for Discord. Riot uses the Matrix protocol to facilitate real-time communication over an open federation of servers.

 

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