Monday, 20 August, 2018

Discord wants to take on Steam with its own in-app storefront

Discord launches app store with major games, indies and exclusives Discord will start selling games in a 'curated' store
Emmett Howard | 12 August, 2018, 03:57

The initial lineup of games sold through their client include: Dead Cells, Hollow Knight, Into the Breach, Frostpunk, Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire, and The Banner Saga 3. You see, with more than 150 million users and almost 20 million daily users, Discord has become a huge threat for Steam, a go-to platform for games for many. As of today, it has entered a closed beta for 50,000 Canadian Discord users, though they have to be subscribers of Discord Nitro in order to qualify.

"Alongside the upgraded Nitro, we'll be launching a curated game store experience similar to one of those cosy neighbourhood bookshops with recommendations about the hottest and newest games from us to you". As the name suggests, those First on Discord releases will be timed exclusives, and developers will be free to sell them elsewhere after 90 days have passed.

Discord is looking for more sources of revenue beyond Nitro subscriptions, and selling video games through their app only seems natural with an install base of 150 million gamers. This gives you 'an easy opportunity to play the golden games you've missed, ' such as Saints Row: The Third and Metro: Last Light. "We think the new Nitro and store are a great way to do this". If it needs a launcher like Steam or Uplay, Discord will boot up that, too. Even though Discord isn't now trying to compete with the quantity of games on platforms like Steam, its 130 million strong user base means many people already have large friends lists built up on Discord. Whether all those gamers want to actually buy games outside of Steam is a big question, though: Amazon, GOG, Humble, and Microsoft have tried to take on PC gaming's 800-pound gorilla and all largely failed to shake up the status quo.

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The service will set you back $49.99 per year or you can plump for a cheaper, monthly pass for $4.99. For the full details on the Store and the rest of these new programs, make sure to read over Discord's official post about it all!

Lastly, there's the Discord Universal Library.

Though the service is used by lots of different groups, the focus for Discord is gaming: It offers both text and voice chat. Just a little while ago, Discord introduced a games library feature to allow users to see all of their installed games more easily.

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