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Discord CEO on reported Microsoft bid: 'We did receive a lot of offers.'

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It’s been reported that a $10 billion bid made by Microsoft for gaming platform Discord fell apart. Discord CEO and co-founder Jason Citron can’t talk about it — he’s under non-disclosure agreements — but he did tell CNBC on Tuesday that there was more than a single offer for his internet chat start-up, which is turning into a much bigger communications phenomen for voice, video and text.

“We did receive a lot of offers,” Citron said. “Our business is doing really well and we believe we are positioned to build a next-generation communications service.”

Citron and his Discord co-founder Stanislav Vishnevskiy started the business as a platform for gamers, like Citron himself, frustrated by internet communications technology that he says wasn’t keeping up with the pace of change. Many used services like Microsoft’s Skype to communicate and six years ago, the company was focused on creating a way for people who played video games to hang out and talk to each other in a better way.

But a lot has changed.

“Now we see all these people using it in new ways,” Citron said of the company, which ranked No. 3 on the 2021 CNBC Disruptor 50 list.

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