According to insiders, Microsoft is in talks with Discord about a possible takeover. Discord is a very popular platform among gamers and could boost Microsoft’s gaming business.
Discord not only for gamers
The online service Discord is very popular among gamers, it is used for chats and video conferences. The service has more than 140 million active users per month, making it one of the most successful and relevant platforms of its kind, which is primarily located in the gaming sector. Discord was developed by Jason Citron and Stan Vishnevskiy and published in 2015. In the beginning, it was geared purely towards gamers to enable text messaging, voice messaging, and video chatting while gaming and afterwards. Well-known companies also operate their own Discord communities, for example heise, ComputerBase and AMD. You can reach our Discord server here . The millions of active users communicate with each other for hours every day via the service.
Sum of 10 billion US dollars under discussion
The first talks between the two companies are already ongoing. So far, nothing is in the dust with Discord, a takeover of the company would be the next big trick by Microsoft after the takeover of ZeniMax . The targeted purchase price is probably somewhere around 10 billion US dollars. According to the insider, Microsoft is not the only interested party here. Due to the corona pandemic in particular, platforms such as Discord have become increasingly important. With the purchase, Microsoft could, for example, expand its own platform, Microsoft Teams, or further position the online service and focus it only on gamers.
It is still unclear whether a takeover will take place and neither company is commenting on this at the moment. An IPO of Discord would also be possible. So, for the time being, some things remain unclear.