Discord is making some major changes that will affect its users. The popular app that has become the backbone for most gaming communities will soon require users to update their usernames.
The new usernames will allow for names made from characters chosen from the a-z alphabet, numbers 0-9, an underscore (_), and a period. The restrictions for new names must be within 2 to 32 characters long, case insensitive and force lowercase, no specialized characters, no continuous periods, and must adhere to community guidelines.
The new username changes will be rolled out over the next weeks, with the app notifying users that they can apply a revised name. The blog post also states that users with older accounts can get a username change quicker than more recent accounts. The intention is to allow people have names without the need for numbered discriminators (Username#1001, for example). Currently, users can create duplicate names for Discord, but the number applied to the name will show the difference between them. Without the numbers for each username, there will be more importance to securing a username that’s clear to your friends and audience.
Some users online have voiced their concerns with the new change, believing that it will not only make things more confusing for users to find you but it could potentially run the risk of people losing privacy when using Discord.