According to those familiar with the situation, technology giant Microsoft is reportedly in talks to acquire online discussion service Discord for $10 billion.
Discord has been in talks with potential buyers, with Microsoft being one of the frontrunners, but the deal isn’t set in stone yet. Some experts believe Discord will go public rather than sell itself. Representatives for both organizations declined to comment. VentureBeat reported Discord was talking to buyers earlier on Monday.
Discord is best known for being a service that allows gamers to talk in real-time through video, audio, and text chat. The service became more popular with people adopting it thanks to stay-at-home orders. Study groups, book clubs, and other virtual gatherings are taking place on Discord these days. The service has over 100 million active monthly users and has been expanding its services to become a more general “place to talk” rather than a niche gaming service.
Microsoft has been on the hunt for services that open the doors to thriving communities. Last year the company attempted to buy TikTok and Pinterest. Microsoft Xbox has undergone some expansion recently, with the company offering more perks to users of Xbox Game Pass.
Given that the company recently purchased Bethesda Softworks, the gaming company behind Doom and The Elder Scrolls, purchasing Discord shows an intent to focus on the video game market.
Discord has also been talking to Amazon and Epic Games. Both companies have also declined to comment on the situation.