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Microsoft's reportedly in talks to acquire Discord for more than $10 billion

Other parties are reportedly interested in acquiring Discord

Microsoft's reportedly in talks to acquire Discord for more than $10 billion

Microsoft's reportedly in talks to acquire Discord for more than $10 billion

According to Bloomberg, Microsoft is currently in talks with Discord to acquire the communications platform for over $10 billion, but that no deal is imminent. Other companies are also said to be in talks with Discord. If true, a $10+ billion deal for Discord would make the gaming-oriented chat platform more valuable than Bethesda, which Microsoft acquired for $7.5 billion. 

Discord is a free service that allows gamers to communicate through video, voice and text. Over time, Discord has seen its userbase expand to cover other users, acting as a platform for study groups, book clubs and other virtual gatherings. While Discord is gamer-focused, it has increasingly become a generic all-purpose chat tool, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Microsoft sees Discord as a valuable addition to its communications infrastructure, supplementing Teams and Skype to deliver a more accessible and less business-oriented platform. Acquiring Discord would also give Microsoft access to the company's million's strong userbase. Discord Nitro (Discord's premium service) could also be added as one of Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass perks if acquired. 

Discord currently has 140 million monthly users, and that is valuable. That said, most of these users utilise Discord's free services. Discord reportedly has fewer than 20 million Discord Nitro subscribers. 

Discord users should not expect an acquisition announcement anytime soon, as other rumours have claimed that Discord plans to become a publically traded company in the future. However, Discord needs to become profitable before becoming a publicly-traded company, as investors won't want to invest in an unprofitable venture. 
 

Microsoft's reportedly in talks to acquire Discord for more than $10 billion  

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23-03-2021, 11:32:51

Dark NighT
Yeah read about this, not really thrilled about discord wanting to sell, it will get changed or just entirely ruined by anyone that buys it, that said if it was Microsoft, it would probably be the least worse option.Quote

23-03-2021, 16:14:41

demonking
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Originally Posted by Dark NighT View Post
Yeah read about this, not really thrilled about discord wanting to sell, it will get changed or just entirely ruined by anyone that buys it, that said if it was Microsoft, it would probably be the least worse option.
Typical Microsoft business tactics, buy out any and all competitors if possible. Despite Microsoft's best effort to ram Skype down everyone's throat, for myself and my friends, we'd only use Skype as an absolute last option and only as a temporary thing if we have to.
I personally forsee them integrating the 2 brands in some way and perhaps even with teams so they have all voip under a single division but they might not, who knows.Quote

23-03-2021, 16:27:12

Dark NighT
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Originally Posted by demonking View Post
Typical Microsoft business tactics, buy out any and all competitors if possible. Despite Microsoft's best effort to ram Skype down everyone's throat, for myself and my friends, we'd only use Skype as an absolute last option and only as a temporary thing if we have to.
I personally forsee them integrating the 2 brands in some way and perhaps even with teams so they have all voip under a single division but they might not, who knows.

Used to be an avid user of skype after Microsoft wrecked MSN messenger, and had to leave skype eventually because the features got worse and more stuff got put behind a paywall or more ads came in.


Discord itself is already pushing pretty hard for Nitro purchases, but atleast its not 3rd party ads.Quote

23-03-2021, 18:26:04

looz
Honestly I think MS is an improvement, I quite dislike Discord since their TOS basically gives them free reign on all your data. Their CEO publicly stated that "oh no, we don't collect that much, but having that legalese there prevents issues". Bull, a company their size has the resources to get their TOS reflect what they actually do.Quote
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