Discord is rumored to be in negotiations for a potential $10 billion sale to Microsoft

    
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Oof.

Remember when Discord servers weren’t basically the foundation of every single video game community online? Those were good times. It also meant that people would be less worried about the news that Discord is apparently in discussions for a potential sale for $10 billion to Microsoft, although the reports on whether or not that’s likely to happen are conflicted to say the least.

According to VentureBeat, the deal is in the final stages of negotiation; according to Bloomberg, the company is more likely to go public rather that be sold to another company. It would certainly make sense for Microsoft to be in talks to buy the company given the overall aggressive moves that Microsoft has made recently, but at this time no one appears to be willing to confirm or deny the rumors. Still, the rumors alone are going to have some impacts on players and communities.

Source: VentureBeat, Bloomberg via GamesIndustry.biz; thanks to Vanquesse and Anon for the tips!
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Raleigh-St-Clair
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Raleigh-St-Clair

Oh great. They can go on to ruin it, like they ruined Skype. Fabulous.

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wjowski

This is pretty much Discord’s destined fate, with all the venture capital it’s taken on. If anything MS would be the least-awful megacorp that could by it, at least compared to Facebook or Google.

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Sorenthaz

Oh boy, another messenger service to get cannibalized by the abomination of bad decisions that is Skype.

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Jack Pipsam

My issue would be if Microsoft brings/forces their AI conversation scanners over to Discord, Discord has their own optional image filtering system (plus naturally a CSAM databata image scanner), but they’ve seemed clear that they don’t actually scan through the text content people send to each-other in private messages like Skype does. Microsoft might easily be spooked and force these changes onto Discord.
Yes bad things happen on Discord as they do everywhere else, but they’ve made strong strides it seems from taking reports more seriously, but I really just distrust all messaging services being in control of a few big corporations.

That said it’ll most likely spawn another messaging service to start up after Microsoft takes this over and let’s be honest Discord isn’t going to be turning down billions, they’re just not.

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Rndomuser

That would be most unfortunate, considering what MS tends to do with programs like these, such as MSN Messenger (yes, I used it) or Skype. Discord has some drawbacks but I really enjoyed using it, I met a lot of nice people and spent huge amount of hours communicating in various Discord communities, from Twitch streamer communities to other communities related to specific games or fandoms like furry fandom or anime fandom because I love socializing with people. I really wouldn’t want it to go away, even though if Microsoft will buy it and will inevitably make it worse – there will absolutely be replacements by other companies.

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MurderHobo

Frankly I was fine with Ventrilo. I’ve followed my gaming partners over to Discord, but I’ve never been a fan. It’s feature-rich, but I’m uncomfortable with just how much data that thing siphons.

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EmberStar

Aww… It’s just a *little* data black hole. It’s not like it’s going to consume everything and offer nothing in return… Oh. Wait.

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Rndomuser

uncomfortable with just how much data that thing siphons

It siphons as much data as users are willing to provide. Which I am perfectly comfortable with. And I’d rather enjoy all those “rich features” like custom emotes which can become visible by every user on every server after I upload them on my own server, embedded .gifs, embedded screen sharing (which works better than Twitch if a person just wants to share screen for a very limited amount of people), embedded videos and other features instead of very limited “text chat with voice” like all those ancient programs were before it.

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2Ton Gamer

Please no MS ID… Please no….

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Armsman

If this buyout happens and they then require a MS ID user account – Guess it’ll be time to update my TS3 client.

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MilitiaMasterV

Think I used to use that, or Vent…but I never much cared for talking on them, as I’m partially deaf and so I have voice modulation issues and so I tend to ‘speak softly’ when I think I’m speaking loudly, or speak loudly/intimidatingly when I’m stressed…and I have a social phobia, so talking to others is already a stressor. Then you throw in the rando who’s always talking and won’t let you click your mic on to say a word in anywhere…and it’s like…why bother, I’ll just type to you instead…nowadays my mic’s busted/dead anyway.

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Darthbawl

Get ready folks, calling it now: if this goes through you can expect it to possibly get tossed into Windows 10.

EmberStar
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EmberStar

And to be changed to require a Microsoft Login ID, if you’ve somehow managed to avoid making one. (I haven’t yet, and will avoid it till the end of time if I can. And yes, it is possible to use Windows 10 without a Windows Login. Win10 tries really hard to HIDE that, and nags once or twice a month, but it’s *possible* to use it with just a local Login ID.)

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J

At some point Discord began to usurp forums for communities and honestly it has left the MMO sphere more fragmented than ever. I find it harder now to find the right group of people that I ever have in the past. There are often seperate discords for every single guild and every single facet of a game. Want to RP in X game? Find that discord. Want to group with X guild? Find that discord. Want to pvp? Another discord.

I now have a massive clutter of 30 something discords. Grouped by various titles and with all of them muted. It is a disorganized mess at this stage. I welcome MS, because they can do what they do best. Wrap it into something else, rebrand it and promptly kill it off.

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EmberStar

And it’s made the already kind of iffy prospect of “getting dev attention for a game mechanics problem or serious bug” even worse. I’m reasonably convinced that the devs of Ark don’t even *remember* that they have their own forums and Support ticket system. There have been serious, *game breaking* bugs in the game for years, one of which was only addressed a couple of weeks ago. They barely even update their own website anymore. But they’ve apparently got all the time in the world for their Discord and to get in pissing contests with random toxic trolls on Twitter.

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MilitiaMasterV

Well, that’s just a common thing about all games lately, and not something specific to Discord. I’ve tried to help with bugs on quite a few forums and been blatantly ignored on many of them.

I loved the bug I found where one of the pottery containers I had made everything liquid in it scalding hot. I mean, I gave them plenty of ideas of where to look for the specific line of code, but I just kept getting back ‘We need more info!’. What you want me to dig in your lines of code that you said I couldn’t reverse engineer and find them for you to do your work for you?

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Adam Russell

Sometimes the only way to get attention for a bug is to announce it as an exploit. Find a way players can use it and it will get fixed pronto.

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MilitiaMasterV

Oh, I tried to use it to warm food up, but it only worked with liquids and always kept them at scalding hot, so you couldn’t drink it (Showing even more closely where in the line of code it was. Specific type of container, only liquids [There was many], heated to a specific temp which there was multiple of. Shouldn’t have been too hard to find with all those bits of info and a few others some others chimed in with.). That would’ve been exploit heaven if it’d warm food and they’d have definitely fixed it. But yeah, I reported many over the years, and usually they persisted for long after, so I stopped wasting my time trying to help them. They want us to be their testers, but then won’t even address things a lot of the time…meh, I’d rather wait for a better product that’s not half arsed…

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Java Jawa

That’s just the nature of the times, before discord we can ICQ. If not discord then we’d be on another platform on a different name. You can be sure it’ll happen again in a few years when yet something else comes out.

Agree though, if you follow a game . . . . you’ve got:
* reddit
* twitter
* discord
* forums
* blogs
* instagram

There’s so many outlets and sources that, yea it’s a bit fragmented, but that’s the nature of choice.

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Rndomuser

That’s an extremely selfish way of looking at things – “I don’t like how the X thing looks like and functions like, so just let bigger company buy it and kill it so no one else will be allowed to enjoy thing that I don’t like”. Though sadly not surprising, since this site tend to attract a large amount of extremely selfish commenters.

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J

Look. If you want to come in here and throw around the petty insults – fine. To me this -thing- called Discord is just another data mining product that borders on bloatware. Every few years something else comes along to usurp the previous product and often times we are collectively better off when it happens.

I’ve expressed why I don’t like it. Now how about you express why you do.

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wjowski

Forums were on the way out long before Discord hit the scene.