Discord is looking to supply games directly to its users. The company announced today that its rolling out a store beta to 50,000 Canadian users, who will be selected from the platforms Nitro subscribers at random. Its launch lineup includes Saints Row: The Third, Metro: Last Light Redux, Super Meat Boy, Hollow Knight, and Starbound. Discords game offerings will be curated by employees with the goal of creating a local bookstore vibe of hand-picked choices. The company also plans to introduce First on Discord titles, indie games exclusive to the platform for 90 days, as well as a universal library. This feature will allow Discord users to pull games from their computers and launch them directly from Discord, regardless of whether or not it requires another launcher. Discord may not be ready to rival behemoths like Steam just yet, but CMO Eros Resmini tells The Verge that its store will be driven more by friendships and playing together than what is currently available in the ecosystem. Discord users will be able to play along with friends who own the same games, regardless of where they purchased it. Our goal with Discord is to bring players together — never to fragment or add friction to gaming with friends, he says. Discord has become a home for many gamers who use it to connect with friends multiple times a day — some people seem to live on Discord, he says. With 150 million registered users thats a lot of building friendships while talking about and playing games together. Users with a Nitro subscription, which is available for $4.99 a month or $49.99 a year, will have access to a different library of games curated by Discord. All users, however, will be able to purchase games from the store.
You'll also receive 'free' games with a Nitro subscription. Discord isn't just for chatting (and watching the occasional video) any more. The community-driven service is launching a beta that will offer games, including a full-fledged game store. The new portal will offer a "curated" store that focuses on titles both Discord and the community feel you might like. That currently includes a mix of familiar, well-received indie games like Dead Cells and Into the Breach. However, that's really just the start. The company is borrowing a page from Twitch by offering a selection of 'free' games with a Nitro subscription ($5 per month or $50 per year). You're not going to get blockbusters, but you will see recognizable names like Super Meat Boy and System Shock: Enhanced Edition. Discord is even nurturing games, too. It's unveiling a "First on Discord" initiative that will back indie titles in return for a 90-day exclusive on availability through Discord's shop. There aren't any titles in the beta, but they should come "soon." And whether or not you care for the store, Discord might make your game experience a tad simpler. It's adding a Universal Library tab that can launch "any" of your games through Discord, even if they require go-between launchers. The beta is currently limited to roughly 50,000 Canadian players, so don't expect to see it just yet. Even at this early stage, though, it's clear that Discord wants to be known as more than just a chat portal. It's not about to directly challenge Steam's vast game library, but it could quickly become a home base for many of your gaming needs.