Microsoft in talks to buy Discord

The company tries hard to control more social media

Software company Microsoft is interested in acquiring the chat and video platform Discord, which has become especially big among gamers but has also become popular with other target groups due to lockdowns.

Microsoft would pay 10 billion dollars for Discord. Despite this large amount of money, the two parties are not yet close to an agreement, because Discord sees more in an IPO, says an insider. Spokespersons of both companies refused to comment.

Discord lets you chat with a group of like-minded people by video, audio or chat. Initially, game enthusiasts made use of these opportunities to consult while playing computer games. Because many people are forced to sit at home because of the coronavirus pandemic, the app is also gaining popularity with other groups for study, dance classes or book reviews.

Discord currently has over 100 million monthly active users. The company is now expanding its range of services to a wider audience.

Microsoft has long been interested in acquisitions that give the company access to large groups of online communities. Previously, the company reportedly explored the possibilities of buying Video app TikTok and photo sharing site Pinterest.

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