Just days after it emerged Microsoft is weighing up an acquisition for Discord, the gaming and streaming chat app has announced a new feature. Coming to the app is a new channel for Community servers.

In an announcement, Discord says the new channel is focused on allowing users to speak to their audience. Called Stage, the new Community channels take the concept of the popular Clubhouse app and integrate similar tools.

One of the things that makes Clubhouse work is the level of moderation the app provides. We have already seen how Telegram is working to imitate the experience. Now it seems Discord will also borrow from the Clubhouse idea book.

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Stage channels in Discord allow users to speak with an audience and control who is part of the conversation. The company says the tool works for an interview, meeting, presentation, Q&A, and other types of hosted events.

Moderators can be assigned to control who speaks and remove or mute users. Audience members can interact in a conference situation.

“Audience members can also participate by “raising” their hands during an event if they want to speak. Stage moderators can then help them up to the stage whenever they’d like and then move them back to the audience afterward.”

Microsoft Acquisition Rumors

Last month it emerged Microsoft could be willing to purchase Discord to boost its gaming and streaming services. After a recent failed attempt to buy TikTok’s US operations and a rumored interest in Pinterest, Microsoft clearly has cash to burn. Bloomberg reports any acquisition of Discord would cost the company a cool $10 billion.

Microsoft has been making a push in gaming, using acquisitions to drive growth. Recently, the company bought eSports event service Smash.gg. The recent $4.5 billion deal to acquire ZeniMax Media, the company behind Bethesda has also made headlines.

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