Microsoft considering buying Discord for $10 billion, Bloomberg says. Discord, the messaging app that rose to game stardom like no other in recent years, has been talking to potential buyers in recent months and one of the main interested parties would be Microsoft, according to sources familiar with the matter who spoke to Bloomberg.
Microsoft considering to buy Discord for $10 billion
The company, which just spent 7.5 billion to acquire Bethesda and its huge catalog of video games with some of the most iconic franchises on the market, would be willing to pay more than $ 10billion for Discord.
VentureBeat had reported earlier that Discord was exploring a multi-million dollar sale following interest shown by several buyers and had committed to discussing the sale exclusively with one of them, suggesting that a deal could be close.
However, Bloomberg explains that the sale is not imminent and that in fact, it is much more likely that the company will decide to go public rather than sell. Discord was valued at $7 billion last year and generated profits of about $130 million, although despite this they are still not profitable.
The “gamers’ slack” reported over 250 million registered users in 2019, and already has about 140 million monthly active users. After their last valuation, they collected $100 million in investments.
The messaging service, which is completely free for most users, makes money through its Nitro subscriptions, which offer advanced features, sticker packs, and more. Discord was only launched in 2015 and since then its growth has been meteoric. The app is cross-platform and is available on the web, desktop, and for iOS, and Android.
Over the last few years, they have been adding features and offer everything from free voice chat servers, dedicated connections, direct calls, to video calling and screen sharing support. They also have their free API, GameBridge, which allows game developers to add native integration to Discord.