Bloomberg reports that the software company is eyeing up the VoIP app.
As reported by Bloomberg, Microsoft is in talks to purchase Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) chat service Discord.
Speaking to anonymous sources, the financial publication reports that Discord has been talking to potential buyers with Microsoft being one of them, although, one source said the chat app is more likely to go public than put itself up for sale.
According to Discord, the platform pulls in over 100 million active users on a monthly basis, 13.5 million active servers per week, and notches up 4 billion conversation minutes on its servers everyday.
“Microsoft possibly acquiring Discord makes a lot of sense as it continues to reshape its gaming business more toward software and services,” said Bloomberg Intelligence equity research analyst Matthew Kanterman. “There’s a big opportunity to bundle Discord’s premium offering, Nitro, into the Game Pass service to drive more subscriptions from the last reported 18 million.”
Kanterman added: “We expect Xbox to remain acquisitive to keep bolstering the value proposition of Game Pass and drive subscriptions higher”.
Last September, Microsoft announced its acquisition of ZeniMax Media and its publisher Bethesda Softworks for $7.5 billion.
The acquisition comprises publishing offices and development studios including Alpha Dog, Arkane Studios, Bethesda Game Studios, Bethesda Softworks, id Software, MachineGames, Roundhouse Studios, Tango Gameworks, and ZeniMax Online Studios.
“Gaming is the most expansive category in the entertainment industry, as people everywhere turn to gaming to connect, socialize and play with their friends,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.