- Microsoft is in talks to buy Discord for more than $10 billion, Bloomberg reported Tuesday.
- The chat app boomed during the pandemic and now has more than 140 million monthly users.
- Discord launched in 2015 for gamers to talk while they played, but has grown to a broader user base.
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Microsoft is considering buying Discord, the voice-chat and messaging app that has boomed in popularity during the pandemic, for more than $10 billion, Bloomberg reported Tuesday.
Discord has held talks with Microsoft and other potential buyers, but no deal is imminent, people familiar with the matter told the publication.
“I know they are in active discussions with a select few parties,” one source told GamesBeat. “The market is in a state where they could command strong double-digit billions of dollars.”
One of the people told Bloomberg said that Discord was more likely to go public than to sell itself.
The reports of a possible acquisition come within a month of former Pinterest exec Tomasz Marcinkowski joining Discord as its first-ever chief financial officer.
Microsoft and Discord declined Bloomberg’s request for comment.
Both companies did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Discord, which offers audio, video, and text chat on Mac, PC, iPhone, and Android devices, launched in 2015 for gamers to talk while they play, but has since grown to a broader user base.
It has boomed during the pandemic, as more people have worked, played games, and socialized online, and it says it now has more than 140 million active monthly users.
The app is free, but users can upgrade to Discord Nitro, which gets you higher video quality, server boosting, a higher upload limit, enhanced quality live-streaming, and a custom Discord tag, for $9.99 a month or $99.99 a year.
The app said its 2020 revenue topped $100 million.
Microsoft investing big in gaming
Acquiring Discord would be another major gaming-focused investment for Microsoft.
In September, Microsoft said it was buying Bethesda Softworks’ parent company, ZeniMax Media, in a deal worth $7.5 billion.
The deal brought all of Bethesda’s game studios – which make blockbuster franchises such as “Doom,” “The Elder Scrolls,” and “Fallout” – under the Xbox Studios umbrella.
Microsoft has been trying to buy other social-media sites to add to its $26.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn in 2016. It said last summer that it was in talks with ByteDance to buy TikTok’s US operations, and it also reportedly tried to buy Pinterest, the photo-sharing app worth $51 billion, which would have been Microsoft’s biggest deal yet.