Tuesday, March 23rd 2021

Microsoft in Talks to Acquire Discord for $10 Billion

Microsoft is reportedly in talks with Discord Inc. for an acquisitions that sees Redmond pay $10 billion, sources tell Bloomberg. Discord is a major chat and collaboration platform popular with gamers, e-sports athletes, PC enthusiasts, and the tech community at large. The platform currently has over 100 million monthly active users, and has grown in utility as a collaborative work and learning platform owing to its free service model, providing not just text, but also group video. Discord has, in the past, been in acquisition talks with Epic Games and Amazon, so it remains to be seen if the Microsoft offer goes through.

Many thanks to DeathtoGnomes for the tip
Source: Bloomberg
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61 Comments on Microsoft in Talks to Acquire Discord for $10 Billion

#1
_JP_
Discord's main competitor is Teams so...all is well?
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#2
Caring1
_JP_Discord's main competitor is Teams so...all is well?
I don't use either, so all good by me.
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#3
Chomiq
_JP_Discord's main competitor is Teams so...all is well?
The what now? I doubt that anyone uses Discord as an enterprise solution and I also doubt that anyone uses Teams for gaming.
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#4
Gungar
It's time to look for a new replacement for Discord.
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#5
MDDB
So we're really calling Athletes a bunch of sitting gamers?
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#6
Chomiq
MDDBSo we're really calling Athletes a bunch of sitting gamers?
"My little e-sport Hercules"
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#7
_JP_
ChomiqThe what now? I doubt that anyone uses Discord as an enterprise solution and I also doubt that anyone uses Teams for gaming.
That would be true in 2019. Come 2020 with the pandemic and Discord moved to open it's target audience to anyone while Teams became free.
Functionality-wise, they are similar and achieve the same goals.
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#8
TheDeeGee
I still use a very old mobile app version (9.5.1), because with newer ones the sidebar is closed, which totally blows. I bet that will stop working.

And they may ditch the website version and force you into an App on PC.

RIP Discord then.
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#9
R00kie
The closest competitor would probably be Skype.

And with that one, I think I hear anti-monopoly bells ringing...
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#10
windwhirl
I kinda don't like this, but I'm not sure why.
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#11
1d10t
First Skype lost to Zoom despite being "the first", now lets see Discord following same fate as Mixer :rolleyes:
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#12
R-T-B
Oh god, no... Microsoft leave it alone.

I don't want a Microsoft account and I know you are going to make me get one...
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#13
windwhirl
Yeah.

I'm just starting to get used to Discord and actually use it and Microsoft has to come and ruin it lol

For real, though, I don't like it. I feel they are going to disrupt entire communities for bs reasons.
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#14
AsRock
TPU addict
_JP_That would be true in 2019. Come 2020 with the pandemic and Discord moved to open it's target audience to anyone while Teams became free.
Functionality-wise, they are similar and achieve the same goals.
Thing is, life learns you that nothing is free.
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#15
R-T-B
AsRockThing is, life learns you that nothing is free.
Doesn't stop me from trying though... lol.
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#16
AsRock
TPU addict
R-T-BDoesn't stop me from trying though... lol.
The cost is not always visible.
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#17
R-T-B
AsRockThe cost is not always visible.
You know what you are getting into. I really don't care if they hear me tell my brother to screw a cactus on discord. More concerned about accounts I don't need.
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#18
X4K4
first they messed up skype now they gonna mess up discord :S
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#19
neatfeatguy
Another reason to add to my list of odd reasons why I don't use Discord.
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#20
Mats
TheDeeGeeI still use a very old mobile app version (9.5.1), because with newer ones the sidebar is closed, which totally blows. I bet that will stop working.

And they may ditch the website version and force you into an App on PC.

RIP Discord then.
Congrats on the 100 % FUD post. :D

Take care.
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#21
_JP_
R-T-BOh god, no... Microsoft leave it alone.

I don't want a Microsoft account and I know you are going to make me get one...
Likely the current accounts system would be maintained and there will be made a addition to have "enhanced" connectivity for Microsoft accounts, a justification could be to use in Xbox whenever its chat functionality is finally overhauled, for example. Then, one or two years passes by and you'll be warned that Discord accounts will be discontinued and offer you to "bind" them to a Microsoft account, otherwise it will create a "virtual" Microsoft account with very limited functionality, besides logging in to Discord.
Yes, this is what happened with Skype, if anyone recalls.

The thing is, I had seen news that Microsoft had plans to "re-launch" and have a limited free for consumer use Teams, and then have the full Office 365 Pro dependant Business-oriented Teams that requires licensing.
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#22
Makaveli
_JP_Discord's main competitor is Teams so...all is well?
Ya no.

I use teams for work. Discord is mostly just gamers, they are not competitors nobody in a business uses discord.
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#24
BArms
_JP_Discord's main competitor is Teams so...all is well?
I use Microsoft Teams at work, and it's dogs***. The UI by first appearance is similar to competitors, like Webex Teams, but it has a number of big problems. Scrolling through old messages is 10x slower than Webex teams. The UI is incoherent at times where elements you're trying to use disappear or get moved to the background for no apparent reason. It doesn't play well with popular headsets from plantronics and there are many complaint threads going back years of people complaining yet M$ never fixes anything, like the mute or disconnect buttons on the headsets not being recognized by the app. There are other issues but in short whoever designed the UI and whoever handles the hardware integration at MS are incompetent.
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#25
ODOGG26
_JP_That would be true in 2019. Come 2020 with the pandemic and Discord moved to open it's target audience to anyone while Teams became free.
Functionality-wise, they are similar and achieve the same goals.
At my job we use teams and its not even close to the look and feel of discord. I doubt the people who use discord would use teams. Functionality feels way different. They are definitely not competing with each other.
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