Mason Sciotti ’15: Project Manager at Discord
Mason Sciotti ’15 works as a product manager for Discord, the voice, video, and text app that allows video gamers to communicate while playing. He was an English major and computer science minor at Providence College, graduating as co-valedictorian with a perfect 4.0 average.
“I’m not analyzing much literature these days, but I am communicating with people, taking in a lot of information and figuring out what’s important, doing research, thinking critically, and forming opinions based on that,” Sciotti said.
Sciotti was hired as a technical writer at Discord in May 2017 after responding to an advertisement on the company’s website, leaving his job at a software company outside Boston and moving across the country to San Francisco. As product manager, he leads a team of two engineers and a designer to anticipate what the company needs to develop next and how to make it happen.
An original user of Discord when the app launched in 2015, Sciotti believes in its value as a communication tool. Discord allows him to play games with his friends no matter where they are in the world and to stay in touch.
“A lot of technology and social media is highlight reels of people’s lives — ‘I had this great meal’ or ‘I went on this wonderful vacation.’ You’re comparing yourself to others, and it can be very isolating,” Sciotti said. “Discord is a place where you can talk to your friends at the beginning and end of each day to celebrate successes, talk about failures, discuss a play that won you a big game or the bad breakup that just happened. It’s about being with people you care about in a place that’s very much yours.”
Sciotti figured he would become an English professor or high school teacher. But his interest in video games was incorporated into his college experience right from the start. He was one of a few “extra nerds” who brought a gaming computer to campus. In addition to being a writer and editor-in-chief of The Cowl, he wrote for HighGround.TV, a blog about competitive gaming.
In the summer of 2014, Sciotti went to Seattle to cover the International Dota 2 Championships at Key Arena, where 10,000 spectators watched teams compete for $1.6 million in prize money. He even worked his interest in video games into his senior English thesis, “Narrative Theory and Thematic Drivers in Video Games.”