Discord’s Music Bot Groovy Is Facing The Death Penalty - Get2Gaming

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“Remember: stay groovy.”

The Discord music bot Groovy is coming to the end of its life, following a cease-and-desist order by Youtube. The creator of the widely popular music bot, Nik Ammerlan, has agreed to shut it down on August 30th.

For those who do not know, Groovy is effectively a tool for adding background tunes to a chat room; Groovy worked by pulling audio directly from YouTube videos, joining voice calls, and playing music queued up by users.

It was extremely prevalent, having been installed on over 16 million servers. However, it seems Google wasn’t as keen on the bot. A spokesperson for the company told The Verge that Groovy violated YouTube’s terms of service for “modifying the service and using it for commercial purposes”.

Ammerlan admitted that this was a long-time coming as Groovy circumvents YouTube’s front-end and advertising entirely. He stated, “I’m not sure why they decided to send it [a cease and desist] now… They probably just didn’t know about it, to be honest. It was just a matter of seeing when it would happen.”

Groovy’s pending removal is a stark reminder of Discord’s immense popularity. Valued at over £10 billion, it’s probably the biggest messaging app in the world, one that’s long since diverged from its gaming roots. When a bot becomes popular for ripping music onto a platform that large, people pay attention. As Ammerlan said, it is a surprise that it has taken YouTube this long to act.

In an announcement on the official Groovy server, Ammerlaan wrote: “I want to thank each and every one of you for using Groovy. You all had a part in shaping it into what it is today. I hope you all have a wonderful day and remember: stay groovy.”

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