Microsoft in Talks to Buy Digital Platform for More than $10 Billion

March 24, 2021

Messaging app Discord is considering putting itself up for sale! The video-game chat app is reported to be on the market for $10 billion.


Discord, the instant messaging and digital distribution platform designed to create communities, with over 140 million monthly active users could be a part of Microsoft very soon. 


Users can communicate via voice calls, video calls, text messaging, media, and files in private chats or as part of communities called "servers". Discord currently runs on various software, including Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, iPadOS, Linux, and web browsers.


Microsoft has recently rebranded Xbox Live as Xbox Network to be a great addition to the acquire the app. 


Mobile gamers have long used Discord to communicate while they play, and the platform broadened its focus last June to include book clubs, study groups, and more. 


The price is not low. Although most games and consoles offer their ways to communicate by voice and text, the venue of choice for many gamers and games companies has become third-party service Discord over the last few years. 


Thanks to it also being a video conferencing app, it's become more popular during the COVID-19 pandemic due to lockdown restrictions and more people staying at home. In December, it was assessed to have a net worth of $7 billion (£5.08 billion), despite not turning a profit. 


Multiple companies are interested, but who else might bid for Discord? Sony and Nintendo already have their online communities, and any move for Discord would raise questions over support for a competitor of other gaming platforms.