Discord is introducing new ways to generate revenue, including server subscriptions, tiered subscriptions, and the ability for server owners to sell digital products. This move has raised concerns among some users who feel that Discord is becoming less welcoming and more like the paywalled internet it was once an escape from. PC Gamer reports: “To date, we’ve paid out millions of dollars to thousands of creators and communities, and we’re seeing more creators and communities earning on their Discord servers every day,” wrote product manager Derek Yang in a blog post published today. “…Today, we’re excited to share new tools that help you get started earning money faster.”

The nickel-and-dime-ification of Discord servers begins this week with “media channels,” a new type of channel (currently in beta) designed to host subscriber-only content, including, for instance, “exclusive memes and wallpapers.” You could see an art creator using this Discord feature to

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