After buying Bethesda parent company ZeniMax Media, it looks like Microsoft is now looking to add Discord to its shopping cart.
According to a report by Bloomberg, Microsoft is currently in talks to acquire the video game-centric chat platform for over US$10 billion (~RM41,303,000,000). Discord is also in talks with other potential buyers, but Bloomberg’s sources say that there is no imminent deal with either those parties or Microsoft.
One source told Bloomberg that Discord had initiated communications with Microsoft to gauge interest, while another source said that it was more likely for Discord to go public than to sell itself. On the other hand, VentureBeat had reported earlier that Discord was in talks with multiple parties and had signed an exclusive acquisition discussion with one of them.
Although the possibility of Microsoft purchasing Discord still seems uncertain, Bloomberg says that Microsoft is currently looking for “assets that would provide access to thriving communities of users”. Bloomberg Intelligence Analyst Matthew Kanterman noted that the possible purchase of Discord provided “a big opportunity to bundle Discord’s premium offering, Nitro, into the Game Pass service to drive more subscriptions from the last reported 18 million”.
“We expect Xbox to remain acquisitive to keep bolstering the value proposition of Game Pass and drive subscriptions higher,” said Kanterman.