Report: Microsoft In Talks For $10 Billion Acquisition Of Discord

Gaming-focused chat service has 140 million users across 6.7 million servers.

Kyle Orland - Mar 23, 2021 4:13 pm UTC

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Microsoft is reportedly in the late stages of $10 billion acquisition talks with Discord, a gaming-focused community chat platform, according to unnamed "people familiar with the matter" who spoke to Bloomberg.

Epic Games and Amazon were also involved in acquisition talks previously, according to Bloomberg's sources. VentureBeat also reported this week that Discord is exploring sale options with "multiple parties."

Discord reportedly has over 140 million monthly users and 300 million registered accounts. InDISCORD SERVER , the company raised $140 million at an implied valuation of $7 billion, according to TechCrunch, more than doubling its valuation in under a year.

Microsoft is less than a year removed from the shutdown of Mixer, its heavily promoted, game-focused livestreaming platform, which included a $20 million exclusivity deal with Tyler "Ninja" Blevins. Last year, Microsoft was also reportedly in talks to acquire social video network TikTok when it looked like the Chinese-owned service would be forced to sell its American arm to an American company.

Microsoft also owns Skype, which many gamers used for supplemental communications within gaming groups before Discord became the standard. And the tech conglomerate is coming off the finalization of its $7.5 billion acquisition of Bethesda, which will include a raft of exclusive games for Microsoft platforms.