Discord Goes Up Against Steam With New Game Store

Discord Opens a New Beta Storefront & a Unified Launcher

Discord launches app store with major games, indies and exclusives

The popular gaming chat application is home to around 150 million daily users to date, and these numbers don't appear to be slowing down any time soon. "Nitro was our attempt at cosmetics, now we're adding games to that subscription and building a retail store too". They're literally first on Discord - usually 90 days and then the developers can sell anywhere else they want. According to the company's official blog, they're launching a store where players can purchase games and boot them up straight from the app launcher, similar to what Steam and GOG are now offering.

The new store, announced alongside a major upgrade to Discord -Nitro-, will feature a customizable selection and suggestion system; moderated by a dedicated team as well as the community.

This function will let users add games from other gaming clients (such as Steam) or their computers to their Discord library, so they can easily play with friends regardless of where the game was originally purchased. Game in this library include titles such as Saints Row: The Third, Darksiders: Warmastered Edition, and Metro: Last Light Redux. If the Discord Store and Nitro subscription manage to generate even a little bit of traction, it could keep your personal data away from marketers. First on Discord games won't be available on this beta.

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Discord thinks that kind of thing could "reduce clutter" and make it easier to find the kind of game you want.

Steam also made headlines this week as it was revealed that upcoming Fallout 76 will not be released on Steam, and Bethesda is opting instead to release the game via its own distribution service.

Lastly, Discord is also launching their Universal Library, a new launcher program for any games purchased through their store. It was confirmed via email by a representative that "all games [offered on the storefront] will be curated by Discord". The First on Discord titles can be sold on other platforms once the exclusivity period is up. Fantastic games that we missed.

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The store will be initially exclusive to 50,000 random users in Canada, who will be able to enjoy the paid membership, aka Nitro, perks as well.

Discord plans to expand to more countries and currencies before the full launch of the Discord Store later this year, the company told Variety.

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