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Old 03-24-2021, 10:32 AM   #1
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Rumor: Microsoft in talks to purchase Discord for over $10 billion

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Rumor: Microsoft in talks to purchase Discord for over $10 billion

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According to an overnight report from business and finance outlet Bloomberg, Microsoft is currently in talks to potentially purchase Discord Inc. for a reported $10 billion USD.

After speaking with "people familiar with the matter," Bloomberg reports that Discord was currently shopping itself around to numerous potential buyers, with Microsoft a clear front-runner to pick up the gaming communication company, which would give Microsoft ownership of the popular chat app, currently serving around 100 million users taken from multiple walks of life and industries, not just the video gaming sphere.

"Microsoft possibly acquiring Discord makes a lot of sense as it continues to reshape its gaming business more toward software and services," said Bloomberg's Intelligence Analyst Matthew Kanterman. "There's a big opportunity to bundle Discord's premium offering, Nitro, into the Game Pass service to drive more subscriptions from the last reported 18 million."

At the time of writing, this remains merely speculation. In fact, one insider claims that Discord is more likely to go public on the stock market, rather than outright sell itself to an independent corporation or conglomerate. Still, given that Microsoft has certainly not been shy when it comes to opening its wallet in the past year, it wouldn't be an impossibility that one of the biggest companies on the planet would want to continue adding to its portfolio.

After all, what's another Ten Billion Dollars?
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Old 03-24-2021, 12:06 PM   #2
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Pretty crazy if they do. Speaking of Discord you guys should join our servers! Send me a DM for an invite.
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Old 03-24-2021, 01:11 PM   #3
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Sounds terrible.

Not our channel, but Microsoft buying discord. They kind of ran down Skype.
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Old 04-20-2021, 02:50 PM   #4
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Discord has cut the "cords" with Microsoft

Discord Reportedly Shuts Down Sale Talks With Microsoft

The popular chat application will continue to run independently, although the possibility of a sale isn't entirely off the table for the future.

Discord has reportedly shut down any plans of a potential sale, with Microsoft's supposed $10 billion purchase option now no longer on the table.

A report by The Wall Street Journal states that Discord is instead looking to continue independently, after the company has had a strong couple of months in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Discord will continue to operate this way for the foreseeable future, as it also weighs up options to go public later down the line.

This was previously an option that Discord was considering during talks of a sale, but one that seemed premature given that the company wasn't yet profitable. Reports of a sale surfaced in March, with suggestions that three companies were looking to buy the widely-used chat application. Microsoft were apparently ready to offer $10 billion for Discord--a sum the company has become accustomed to spending after the purchase of Bethesda for $7.5 billion and AI company Nuance for nearly $20 billion recently.

The report also cites sources that say the deal between Discord and Microsoft could be rekindled in the future, suggesting that both parties aren't finished discussing a partnership down the line.

Since moving away from strictly gaming uses, Discord has begun welcoming all communities and workplaces into its application for reliable chat and voice communication. The company was reportedly also looking to sell as early as 2018 but backed down when potential buyers wanted to inject advertising into the application. It's unclear yet if any other factors such as these played a role in the breakdown of talk.
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