Microsoft Corp. is reportedly in “exclusive” talks to acquire messaging platform Discord Inc. for more than $10 billion.
Both Bloomberg and Wall Street Journal reported that the tech giant is in advanced talks to acquire Discord, and a deal could close next month.
Discord is a popular VOIP and messaging platform designed to create communities focused on various topics – from games to education. Initially released in 2015, the application is free to use and allows users to interact with other fellow users by joining servers or directly messaging them.
This is the latest acquisition target for Microsoft, after the company failed to acquire TikTok and Pinterest recently. While all three are very different services, they share one common element: community. By acquiring Discord, Microsoft will get access to a growing list of more than 140 million monthly active users, that includes thousands of top YouTubers, creators, and gamers.