Microsoft In Talks To Buy Discord Plus Xbox Live Name Change

According to Bloomberg, Microsoft in talks to buy Discord for up to $10B! The report does state that Microsoft are one of several potential interested parties as the owners look to sell up. Though, when it comes to financial clout, Microsoft is as big as they come. Bloomberg also stresses that as yet no deal is in place, but the wagons are circling. Here is the exact quote from the source.

Discord has apparently reached out to multiple potential buyers, and Microsoft is reported to be “in the running” to purchase the company for more than $10 billion. That reporting comes from sources for Bloomberg, but it should be noted that the piece also states that “no deal is imminent.” One of Bloomberg’s sources also states that it would be more likely that Discord will go public, as opposed to selling to a larger company. Microsoft is apparently looking for “assets that would provide access to thriving communities of users,” which is the reason the company had previously expressed an interest in TikTok and Pinterest Inc.

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Discord began as a way for gamers to communicate outside of established gaming consoles etc. However, it grew to become something that can be used for almost anything. LRM has our own Discord site for any kind of chat, and whilst some of the technical aspects can frustrate us, it does the job. One would assume Microsoft would not really need to change much if they took hold of Discord, it already does it’s job well. However, as said above, some technical improvements would not be amiss.

There is little else to say for now, other than watch this space. Even if MS are interested in Discord we won’t get a glimpse at any of their plans until the deal is done and dusted. That end date could still be pretty far away, if it even progresses any further.

Xbox Live Name Change

In further Microsoft news Xbox has announced they are changing the name of Xbox Live to Xbox Network. It seems this is to keep a separation between it’s base online service and the Xbox Live Gold package they sell to gamers. Here is a statement made to Video Games Chronicle.

“‘Xbox network’ refers to the underlying Xbox online service, which was updated in the Microsoft Services Agreement,” a spokesperson told VGC. “The update from ‘Xbox Live’ to ‘Xbox network’ is intended to distinguish the underlying service from Xbox Live Gold memberships.”

Honestly what does this really mean for gamers? Nothing, nothing at all. I guess the marketing people at Xbox must have received feedback. Maybe some parents were being confused by Xbox Live and Xbox Live Gold? Oh well, anyway.

What do you think about Microsoft in talks to buy Discord? Can you see it happening and are you bothered one way or another? As always, leave any thoughts below.

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Cam is Senior Editor at LRM Online, and has a passion for all things geeky, including sci-fi, fantasy, and comic book movies.

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