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Discord drops its acquisition talks with Microsoft

Discord has ended its Microsoft merger talks. (Source: Discord)
Discord has ended its Microsoft merger talks. (Source: Discord)
The impending spectre of a Discord that had merged with Microsoft is now off the table, as the chat-service company has now reportedly lost interest in striking such a deal with the Redmond giant. According to the latest rumors, it has now re-visited the prospect of an initial public offering (IPO) instead.

Discord recently sparked a wave of speculation (as well as potential consternation among its users) that it would integrate its popular chat app with Windows, as it had entered talks with Microsoft concerning a potential acquisition. However, the Wall Street Journal now reports that the former has walked away from this negotiation.

This may imply that Discord has chosen to resume preparations for an imminent IPO instead. Should this be the case, it must be very confident in the offering's value. It is said that a merger with Microsoft would have been worth US$10 billion to the company, if not more.

Either way, this leaves Microsoft to be content with other recent acquisitions such as Bethesda by way of ZeniMax Media. The Redmond behemoth is also rumored to approach Konami, Sega or both for similar talks. It is currently sitting on a ~$2 trillion market cap, and does seem eager to constantly expand its reach into gaming and its related services.

Therefore, Discord just might be the one that got away. On the other hand, that company is also reportedly still open to going back to the Microsoft table in the future.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-04-21 (Update: 2021-04-21)