Microsoft and Discord negotiate sale of the platform communication, a chat community, for more than $ 10 billion, about $ 55 billion, according to sources.
According to GamesBeat report, several sources confirmed that Discord considered the put option, after several investors became interested in the purchase. According to one of these sources, Discord signed an exclusive acquisition discussion with one of the parties, which means that the negotiations were approaching the final stage.
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This Tuesday morning, a new report was released, this time by Bloomberg, where the interest of the giant Microsoft has been confirmed. Representatives for Microsoft and Discord declined to comment on the venture, according to the report, but close sources confirmed that the technology company is ahead of the game.
"It is difficult to tell the difference between a serious acquisition attempt and an unspecified search for information," said a source GamesBeat. “It can collapse at any time. The reality is that the company is doing very well. I see no reason to want to sell. They seem to be completely in control of their future now. ”
The Bloomberg report said Xbox boss Phil Spencer has been talking to the Discord team. Two sources also told Bloomberg that Discord also held discussions with Epic Games and Amazon, but representatives from both companies declined to comment.
Microsoft already has one of Discord's rival platforms, Skype, but the oldest service had only about 40 million active users last March, according to data from the company itself. Meanwhile, since its launch, Discord has been the preferred chat companion for most players. Its community-based uses have also helped expand the platform to more than 140 million monthly active users in late 2020.
The rapid growth of Discord, which took place in 2020, was evident in a The Wall Street Journal report, which said the company generated $ 130 million in revenue in 2020. This number is substantially higher than the $ 45 million that Discord generated in 2019. This substantial growth can be attributed to the Covid-19 pandemic, which forced people to stay at home and triggered a boom in all forms of online community.
Microsoft and Discord have already partnered, offering benefits as part of the Xbox Game Pass subscription service, including three months of Discord Nitro for their subscribers.
Honestly, our biggest fear is that Discord will become the Skype of life, outdated and with no one using it on your PC anymore. But what about you, who use Discord almost daily like us, do you think that Microsoft can “skypeze” your calls? Should I invest in Skype instead of buying? Or did you like the possibility and the news that Microsoft can bring? Tell us in the comments and tell us what you think.