Microsoft is in discussions with Discord to acquire the game-focused chat software for more than $ 10 billion, according to sources who spoke with Bloomberg. Xbox boss Phil Spencer is said to be talking to Discord about the potential deal.
VentureBeat reported earlier today that Discord was exploring sales of $ 10 billion plus after several potential buyers expressed interest, and that it had signed an exclusive acquisition discussion with one party, suggesting an agreement could be close. Bloomberg sources say that the agreement is not imminent, but with a person who says that Discord will be more likely to take itself publicly than to seek an acquisition.
Bloomberg calls Epic Games and Amazon as companies that have also previously had discussions with Discord.
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Discord’s software is free for most users, but the company makes money through $ 9.99 monthly Nitro subscriptions that offer more advanced features such as higher-resolution screen sharing, additional sticker packs, and larger upload limits.