The Wall Street Journal reports that Microsoft is officially in exclusive talks with Discord to acquire the chat service for approximately $ 10 billion.
Last week, Rumors and speculation swirled around regarding Microsoft’s position among other well-known potential applicants for Discord, when news surfaced that the service was entering the final round of its year-long sales process.
However, according to late reporting in the Wall Street Journals, Microsoft may have beaten bidders like Amazon and Google to determine which sources familiar with the sales process are calling “exclusive conversations”.
While WSJ’s reports are more of a confirmation of solid industry speculation, a new crease has been uncovered that includes a timeline for an official decision from Discord. Assuming talks continue uninterrupted and Microsoft and Discord reach an agreement, an official acquisition announcement could be made as early as next month.
While $ 10 billion decisions typically don’t depend on shortened news cycles, an official Microsoft acquisition of Discord right before BUILD or whatever replaces E3 could create a huge promotional news cycle for Xbox efforts for the rest of the year of the company.
Most of the reports of Microsoft’s possible acquisition of Discord reiterate the company’s desire to incorporate the chat service into its consumer and entertainment communications platform to meet the internal needs of transforming the corporate team app into this service.