“Microsoft and Discord are in exclusive talks and could complete a deal next month, assuming the negotiations don’t fall apart,” the article says. It also points out that the acquisition is apparently tied to Microsoft hoping to reach more consumers across both gaming and social networking. A similar drive saw saw Microsaoft pursue an abandoned acquisition of TikTok last year.
Discord previously partnered with Xbox Game Pass to provide members with special perks such as access to Discord Nitro, its premium service. If the deal goes through this would be another high-profile acquisition for Microsoft, who recently picked up ZeniMax Media for $7.5 billion, pulling development studios such as Arkane, Bethesda and id Software under its wing in the process.
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