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I share your distrust, which is one of the reasons I'm not a big fan of Discord. I don't know where Riot's revenue will come from, but Matrix [1] (and Riot by extension [2]) support end-to-end encryption. As others have said you can also set up your own server.

[1] https://matrix.org/blog/2016/11/21/matrixs-olm-end-to-end-en...

[2] https://medium.com/@RiotChat/exciting-new-riot-release-get-r...

I absolutely wish Matrix could crush Discord. An entire generation of users came out burned by programs like Skype, Hangouts, MSM, Facebook Messenger, etc and then threw themselves eagerly into another closed ecosystem messenger just because it was one of the first to manage a really performant web client.

I think it can, but it will take time. It is up to the community and userbase to adopt it as much as it is up to the team behind the software.

Yeah I think the potential is there, but Riot will probably need features like Push to Talk and other gaming-oriented stuff.

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