Back in April, I told members in our Discord that Discord was a prime takeover candidate for Slack. Two months later, it seems likely that Amazon could be a buyer of both.
Slack is a chat and collaboration tool, geared toward enterprise, that's especially useful for geographically-distributed teams. Companies use Slack to stay connected instantly, bridging the gap between enterprise email and instant messaging. Its name is an acronym for "Searchable Log of All Conversation and Knowledge".
If you're familiar with Discord, you already know how to use Slack. But Slack has no more features than Discord (less, even), and provides a slightly different user experience. It's fair to compare Slack to Discord's text channels, but with the ability to call team members. It uses a similar structure of text channels, and supports markdown just as Discord does. Of course, Discord offers these features and more for free, but just to bring Slack reasonably on par with Discord will run you $6.67 per user, per month.
So why do companies overwhelmingly chose Slack over Discord? No, it's not because of those cringe Discord loading screens; it could be as simple as the fact that the two target different markets. Discord makes it clear that they target gamers, competing directly with TeamSpeak and Skype.
Slack is more concerned with attracting paying commercial users, and makes no attempt to penetrate the gaming market, a strategy that's made them substantially more successful than Discord. But the two are not much different. They're so similar, in fact, that a merger of Discord into Slack would feel super familiar to Discord users, and Slack users would likely welcome the features that Discord promised to keep free. The confluence of the two could make Slack as ubiquitous as IRC once was.
Now, according to Bloomberg, Amazon is eyeing an opportunity to buy Slack. If they eventually do go through with it, Discord's valuation would surely skyrocket.
Amazon, led by founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, has already proven their insatiable appetite for risk, especially with their impending acquisition of Whole Foods. Amazon isn't new to the gaming space, either. In 2014, Amazon acquired Twitch for $970 million, and in 2016, they bought Curse Gaming for an undisclosed amount.
If Amazon bought Curse Gaming with any desire at all to grow their seldom-used Curse Voice client, they'll almost certainly have their interest piqued by Discord, especially with their potential buyout of Slack.