Microsoft is reportedly currently in talks to acquire Discord. According to information from Bloomberg, the transaction could amount to more than 10 billion dollars if it were to be successful. Nothing is yet decided. The messaging software has reportedly received several offers, and may even prefer an IPO, rather than a sale of its business.
In 2020, Discord transformed the essay
Launched in 2015, Discord is a messaging software that quickly established itself in the world of video games. Allowing players to easily chat during their games, the service is free, available on all devices, and offers a multitude of features allowing to exchange in writing or by voice, in a fun and engaging way.
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Beyond the gaming world, Discord has also created a real community aspect. Many influencers, content creators, or even brands, have thus opened their own servers so that their communities can discuss among themselves around the subjects that bind them.
The offer is attractive, and has seen a real explosion in 2020 thanks to some ultra popular online games such as Fall Guys or Among Us, as well as the health crisis. The result was not achieved: at its last valuation, Discord was valued at $ 7 billion and announced to collect each month 140 million users.
A strategic acquisition for Microsoft
Unsurprisingly, such a success aroused the interest of Big Techs, Microsoft in the lead. The Redmond firm has reportedly started negotiations with Discord for an acquisition that could amount, according to initial estimates, to more than $ 10 billion.
It must be said that by acquiring the text and voice messaging service, Microsoft would add a centerpiece to its stable. The American company could, for example, exploit it for the benefit of its Xbox, but not only. With the explosion of teleworking, collaborative communication tools have also experienced a real boom in 2020. Microsoft could thus create significant synergies between Discord and Microsoft Teams, and make the most of a communication trend that is now anchored in the daily lives of millions of people around the world.
However, Microsoft is not guaranteed to succeed in completing its negotiations. According to several sources close to the case, Amazon and Epic Games are also interested in buying Discord. The competition will be tough, but again, nothing is settled. Indeed, it seems that the courier service is not yet really decided to sell: it could just as well turn to an IPO, leaving all its suitors on the sidelines. Case to follow.