Microsoft reportedly in talks to buy Discord in $10B deal

Written by Jon Sutton on Fri, Mar 26, 2021 12:08 PM

UPDATE: Rumours of Microsoft's potential acquisition of chat and community client Discord appear to be gathering steam, with the Wall Street Journal now corroborating the reports. 

According to the WSJ, Microsoft is already in the advanced stages of negotiation with Discord for the buyout, with an expected figure of around $10 billion. If the talks progress smoothly, a deal could be inked as soon as next month. 

Xbox head honcho Phil Spencer is said to be directly involved with the negotiations and so this would appear to be a very gaming-focused acquisition for Microsoft, and the Seattle giant's biggest purchase since it bought out LinkedIn for $26 billion back in 2016. 

Many are understandably worried about Microsoft getting its hands on Discord. Its track record on this front hasn't exactly been great, as Skype users can attest, but perhaps MS will have a bit more luck with an Xbox division currently riding a high.

Original: 23-Mar-2021 - Popular gaming community platform Discord is allegedly being shopped around to prospective buyers, with Microsoft appearing to be first in line for a dramatic $10 billion acquisition. If only we’d seen this coming...

Discord, as most of you are no doubt aware, is a free video, voice and text chat service specifically designed for gamers, but which has since branched out into all sorts of community hubs for just about anything. For Microsoft, last year’s failed purchase of TikTok probably still stings so the Seattle giant is almost certainly in the market for more social apps.

Various sources close to Discord have kicked around the potential for Microsoft buying Discord, although they haven’t also ruled out Discord going public and hitting the stock exchange.

Microsoft’s appetite for acquisitions doesn’t appear to be showing any signs of slowing and they certainly tick the boxes of terms of having the wealth and utility to capitalise on owning a platform such as Discord.

For Microsoft, the benefits are fairly obvious. Discord has more than 300 million users, 6.7 million active servers, and a community laser-targeted for their interest in gaming. Between Discord, Skype, and Teams, they’d certainly have all their entertainment and business bases covered. Throw in Xbox integration for Discord and that $10 billion figure begins to look a bit of a steal.

Whatever Discord’s decision, however, you can bet Microsoft won’t be the only one sniffing around a purchase. Access to 300 million users is going to attract all sorts of interest, including from the likes of Facebook and Amazon. This’ll certainly be one to keep an eye on if it pans out.

GD has its very own active Discord community, so if you haven't had a chance to hop in there yet, do be sure to check it out.

What do you think then, if Discord does sell itself, do you think Microsoft will be at the front of the pack? What do you think this could mean for the future of the service?

Would a Microsoft purchase be good for the future of Discord?

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18:38 Mar-27-2021

They completely wrecked Skype, my worry is they'll do the same to Discord.

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09:45 Mar-27-2021

bhahahaha rip xD

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20:50 Mar-26-2021

A crap

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19:37 Mar-26-2021

christ

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15:35 Mar-26-2021

Honestly, I can think of worst companies to acquire Discord. Yeah I would prefer if no one bought Discord but Microsoft is alright. They bought Github and they didn't mess with it. As long as they don't bloat Discord we should be fine.

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20:50 Mar-26-2021

Hope they don't mess it up like the did with Skype.

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23:34 Mar-26-2021

I agree with you, don't really understand all this votes, with MS backing it, it can even get better

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14:23 Mar-26-2021

Time to go back to teamspeak should this go through. :)

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12:44 Mar-26-2021

They will either kill it off like they did with skype (yeah it's horrible) or they'll bloat it with xbox and microsoft game account crap.

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11:55 Mar-24-2021

They were in talks with MS but according to bloomberg it is very unlikely to happen and that Discord is probably going public instead.


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21:40 Mar-24-2021

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02:18 Mar-24-2021

I'm not a fan of this. Remember what happened with Skype? MSN? Microsoft has a history of killing off consumer orientated things that don't work well. Remember Mixer? That's gone!

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23:37 Mar-23-2021

Well, third time is a charm, I guess... maybe? Well, MSN Messenger managed to stick around for a while, but fizzled out and Skype was no success under Microsoft. So I do hope they have better plan with Discord. For how big they are, MS can screw stuff just like Google. Not sure how kill counts compare, but hopefully MS learned stuff from previous failures.

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18:02 Mar-26-2021

Messenger is still going strong, don't know where you got this "fizzled" out idea from?

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22:28 Mar-23-2021

If Discord goes public will roll.

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22:15 Mar-23-2021

Goodbye Discord.

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17:16 Mar-23-2021

They can have it I don't use it and try to never use it, I just can't stand it.

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18:29 Mar-23-2021

Why so? Who hurt you?

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19:51 Mar-23-2021

Nobody, I was just lucky that I never had to rely on it because a friend has his own server and lets me run TS3 for the last 10 years, I know many complain about the lack of features of TS, but it does everything I need it to do.

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19:44 Mar-24-2021

at least your friends are willing to communicate through team speak. All mines who i play talk through discord. I've got one friend who uses ts, but we don't play together anymore.

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15:51 Mar-23-2021

Do we really love monopoly that much wow :D.

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22:26 Mar-23-2021

The answer to that question is a resounding yes.

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14:22 Mar-23-2021

Yeah lets go, Discord has been going downhill since the failed game shop and it's not like i'll miss it if Microsoft ruins it.

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22:16 Mar-23-2021

Not if but when.

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13:02 Mar-23-2021

So MS will ruin discord, after a while new competitor appears, until it completely outpaces discord until another big company takes notice of new competitor and the cycle continues...

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12:35 Mar-23-2021

microsoft is trying to do some good things for gaming. but i hope they learned from msn and skype and don't put ads in. discord right now is pefect only the premium plan of 10 euro/month. that should be only 2 euro to be a good buy for me.

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11:15 Mar-23-2021

MSN and Skype would like to have a word.

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11:05 Mar-23-2021

Doesn't tencent own a part of discord or something like that ?

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22:17 Mar-23-2021

Probably

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09:51 Mar-27-2021

Don't they own a part of everything at this point, i hear about them everywhere wtf lol

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noooooooooo i don't want a repeat of what happened to msn

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