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Discord Has Become a Huge Communication Platform

Think about this for a second.  What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word, Discord? Some people might think of the chaotic anti-hero from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.  However, for most people, they think of Discord as the connection service.  Many people use Discord in order to talk to friends, a voice communication for multiplayer, and even for school.  Yes, you read that right.  Some schools use this platform as a method for online teaching.  With the coronavirus pandemic, schools had to transition to online learning.  With that, video conference applications like Zoom and Google Hangout began to feel the effect.  From crashes to lagging, video conference applications couldn’t handle the large amount of usage.  With these events, many schools took into learning about Discord.

Safe to say, Discord has become an incredibly popular platform for a number of reasons.  Which has caught the eye of one particular well-known company.  This company is none other than Microsoft.  According to Bloomberg’s official website under the article “Microsoft in Talks to Buy Discord for More Than $10 Billion”, journalists Dina Bass and Katie Roof states that, “Microsoft sees the potential of Discord and has been discussing with the company despite no statements from both parties” (1-2).   Essentially, this means that Microsoft sees how much potential this communication application could be.  Therefore, they’re looking into possibly being able to purchase this well-known company.  What’s the story behind this? What could possibly happen? Let’s find out together.  In this news article, we’re going to be examining how Microsoft is looking into buying the well-known connection service of Discord.

With the Growth of Discord, Microsoft is Looking Into Potentially Owning This Platform

That’s right, Microsoft is looking into buying Discord.  Firstly, let’s take a look at the situation.  Currently, nothing is set in stone.  Microsoft nor Discord have made any posts or announcements on the subject.  Yet, there are many reasons why Microsoft would want to purchase this platform.  More likely than not, gamers use Discord as a way to do voice chat.  Especially when it comes to games that are on different platforms.  Much like games like Fortnite and Overwatch for instance.  Plus, it’s such a fun place to just interact with others that share similar interests.  Especially during the pandemic, the use of Discord has expectedly made an explosion.  People can’t go see their friends and loved ones.  So, what better way to meet up than through a communication platform.

As such, several companies including Microsoft have seen the growth of use in this communication platform.  Microsoft is about looking for ways to create innovation for the video game industry.  What better place to start that innovation than potentially owning a well-known communication platform.  Now, what type of innovations could happen if Discord is purchased by Microsoft?

If Microsoft Does Own This Application, What Could This Mean?

So, let’s say that Microsoft did purchase Discord.   What could this potentially mean for users?  More than likely, Microsoft would integrate their new platform into the most recent X-Box Series X.  According to Den of Geek’s official website under the article “Why Would Microsoft Want to Buy Discord for $10 Billion?”, Freelance Writer Matthew Byrd explains, “if Microsoft obtains this platform, they’ll have an advantage to get more gamers to come to X-Box for a more accessible voice communication application” (3).  Basically, this means that gamers will be more likely to check out the X-Box Series X with the inclusion of this application.  Now, this raises several questions. Does this mean Discord would transition from PC to X-Box? Will members possibly have a new membership price like the Xbox Game Pass? Honestly, the answer to both of these questions is probably no.

Now, things may change if this proposition does pass.  From a business perspective, these moves wouldn’t be ideal.  Firstly, if Microsoft moves Discord to X-Box, this will enrage a lot of people.  Especially since schools, as well as other businesses, use this platform as a video and voice communication.  Additionally, I don’t think members will have to pay a membership.  Discord gains money through its own ways.  Plus, putting a price on a free service will make a lot of members incredibly angry.  Now, it could be possible that they could do a premium Discord membership that correlates with Xbox Game Pass.  That could be a possibility in addition get more gamers to check out the premium membership.  For now, these are hypotheses for what could happen if the purchase did happen.

Even Though Nothing is in Place, Change Could Be Coming For this Beloved Platform

Within this news article, we discuss how Discord might be bought by Discord.  Firstly, we took a look at the story behind this situation.    After Discord has done so much, Microsoft sees an opportunity to use this communication service.  With that, we discuss what could happen if the deal was made.  Just taking a look at opportunities of what Microsoft would do if they own Discord.  Currently, nothing is set in stone.   Perhaps, Discord will remain the same as it always has.  Possibly, another company or Microsoft might purchase this vastly growing communication application.  Who knows what might happen.  With that, Discord being owned by Microsoft could create some revolutionary interventions for the video game industry.  Unfortunately, nothing is set in stone at the moment.  However, change might be coming to this beloved communication application.  Only time will tell to see what happens.

For now, Discord remains its awesome self for gamers, schools, and business as a place to come together.  At the end of the day, if Discord is still the same, that’s all that truly matters.

Let’s Discuss This News Article Topic

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Work Cited

Bass , Dina, and Katie Roof. “Microsoft in Talks to Buy Discord for More Than $10 Billion”, Bloomberg.com, Bloomberg, 22 Mar. 2021, 7:39 am MDT,.

Byrd, Matthew. “Why Would Microsoft Want to Buy Discord for $10 Billion?” Den of Geek, Den of Geek, 23 Mar. 2021.

Discord Inc. “Newsroom And Press.” Discord.