Microsoft just got done dropping $7.5 billion US Dollars on ZeniMax Media, and it looks like the tech giant is eyeing another piece of the gaming proverbial pie: Discord.
Microsoft has a history of making giant acquisitions, with the purchase of Minecraft developer Mojang for $2.5 billion a few years back, the acquisition of streaming platform Beam (then renamed Mixer, now defunt), as well as making a push to bolster its first party game studios by acquiring devs like Obsidian, Ninja Theory and more. Recently the company just closed its acquisition of ZeniMax Media, the parent company of developers like Bethesda Softworks and ZeniMax Online Studios, for what is a record $7.5 billion. However, it looks like if these reported talks progress, that record could be smashed.
Bloomberg's Dina Bass and Katie Roof are reporting that Microsoft is in talks to acquire the voice client giant, which is reportedly worth upwards of $10 billion. The San Francisco-based Discord was reportedly recently valued at that price after a recent round of fundraising.
If Microsoft bought Discord, it could be a way to integrate the voice software into their Xbox Network offerings, especially bundling Nitro subscriptions with Game Pass.
Microsoft isn't the only company Discord has spoken too as well, per the report. Apparently the voice app developer has held talks with Epic Games, who recently acquired Fall Guys developers Tonic Games, as well as Amazon.