Report: Microsoft in “Exclusive” Talks with Discord

Posted on March 26, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Cloud, Games, Xbox with 17 Comments

Well, this escalated. The Wall Street Journal reports that Microsoft could finalize its acquisition of Discord for at least $10 billion as soon as next month.

News that Microsoft is pursuing the social media/messaging service arrived earlier this week, with multiple news outlets independently reporting that talks were still in the early stages and that Discord would most likely choose to go public instead. But the WSJ report contradicts those earlier stories, claiming that the software giant is “in advanced talks” to finalize a deal. Assuming negotiations don’t fall apart, that deal could be completed next month.

As the publication notes, Discord was originally focused largely on video gamers, but the COVID-19 pandemic drove a surge in popularity that extends far beyond that one market. Now, it stands amidst a growing selection of popular communication solutions as a solution for people to congregate virtually in a variety of ways.

Given this, it’s likely that Microsoft has plans for Discord that go beyond the obvious Xbox linkups, and CEO Satya Nadella stated in the wake of the aborted Tik Tok acquisition that his firm was very much interested in communities that it could operate alongside GitHub, Minecraft, Teams, and Xbox.

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Comments (17)

17 responses to “Report: Microsoft in “Exclusive” Talks with Discord”

  1. sherlockholmes

    This may be good news after all. Im still dreaming of get rid of WhatsApp.

  2. bart

    Roll Discord Premium into Xbox GamePass and we have a winner

  3. Nic

    Link Discord in with the XBox and allow people to stream games where others can watch and comment...

    I'll get my coat.

  4. Usman

    I can see it working well with the power platform and chat bots. Discord has a large community around extensions/bots which didn't really take off with skype.

  5. madthinus

    Hard to think that Discord is worth more than Bethesda.

  6. behindmyscreen

    If they buy the....please fix the terrible comment threading! I think MS could totally replace "free slack" in the market with Discord and the comment threading is one of the pieces that suck huge donkey balls about it.

  7. markfurry

    Listened to a gaming podcast and the first thing was, “Maybe the Discord game store can help save Microsoft’s store issue”

    • Paul Thurrott

      I can't imagine anyone cares about the Microsoft Store at this point. Nothing can "save" it. It's just a PC app store, which is mostly unnecessary because of the web.
  8. nbplopes

    MS buying out potential competition to its MS Teams. Will we see an MS Teams for gamers? Most probably.

    • behindmyscreen

      In reply to nbplopes:

      LOL...Discord is so far from competition to Teams it isn't even funny. Discord is a bigger threat to Slack because one area of slack use is community chats and Discord is used in that same space. If their threading of comments didn't suck, slack would be a goner.

  9. scovious

    Discord is the best independent cross platform community Microsoft could buy because their integration potential is huge. I hope they come to a deal. Teams is so different than Discord because of its office and productivity focus while Discord is simple and lightweight (aside from the bots people can integrate). Both could nicely coexist because most of Discord's community is centered around casual use rather than for work.