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Microsoft reportedly in talks to buy Discord for more than $ 10 billion

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Microsoft is said to be in talks to buy Discord, the game-centric chat software, for more than US $ 10 billion. Bloomberg, these discussions appear to be early as there is no imminent deal on the horizon. Additionally, a source said that despite these discussions, Discord may be more likely to go public than to sell itself.While Microsoft is one of the potential contenders, Discord has also had discussions with Epic Games and Amazon.

VentureBeat first reported that Discord, the company with around 140 million monthly users that recently raised $ 100 million for a valuation of $ 7 billion, was exploring a sale worth more than $ 10 billion .

Discord would have been the one who contacted Microsoft to gauge interest in a potential sale and that Xbox Chief Phil Spencer participated in these discussions. While pure speculation, it’s important to consider how beneficial a service like Discord could be for the future of communication on the Xbox platform.

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Xbox and Discord have worked together in the past, because Xbox owners have had the option to link their Discord accounts to see what their friends are up to.

This acquisition, if it did happen, would bolster Microsoft’s ongoing plans to make gaming as easy and accessible for everyone. Its strategy is focused on offering its games, in particular via Xbox Game Pass, on consoles, PC and mobile, and the integration of Discord could make communication on all these platforms much more fluid.

Owning Discord would only enhance the value of the Xbox brand, which recently completed its $ 7.5 billion acquisition of ZeniMax Media, the parent company of developers like Bethesda, Arkane, id Software, etc.

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Adam Bankhurst is a news editor for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Tic.

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