Discord joins the fight … for your money. The popular communication platform for gamers is revealing today that it is opening a game store and adding an instant library of games to its Nitro subscription program. This is part of Discords continued pattern of growth from a social tool to a fully independent platform where you can buy (or subscribe to) games, maintain a library, and connect with friends for online multiplayer sessions. For many people like us, you grew up during a time when there were a relatively small amount of games being released, reads a Discord blog post. Today, the problem has flipped on its head. Theres an abundance of fantastic games. Fantastic games that we missed. Games that we even purchased but never got around to playing. We want to give you an easy opportunity to play the golden games youve missed and we want to offer an awesome selection. So, weve curated some of these golden games and will be adding them to Discord Nitro. The store is opening up in soft launch today for 50,000 players in Canada, and Discord plans to expand to more players and regions over time. Those early testers will also see the beefed up Discord Nitro, which includes a curated list of games that automatically appears for download in the new Discord library tab. The service plans to curate the games that appear both in the subscription and the store, so dont expect Steam like numbers of new games for now. And developers who sell their games in the store will get the same 70-30 split (30 percent going to Discord) that is standard on all other distribution platforms. And, of course, you can add all of your games from any service to Discords library so you dont have to open multiple frontends and stores. The game library in Discord. Heres whats in the Nitro subscription at launch: And heres what you can buy in the store: Discord is also introducing the First On Discord program where it will help launch indie games that are only available on its store or through Nitro for a limited time. Supporting indie games pushes the boundary of creative game design and is important to innovation and the long term health of the industry, reads the blog post. To be very clear, First on Discord games are temporarily exclusive. Theyre literally first on Discord — usually 90 days and then the developers can sell anywhere else they want. This beta wont have any First on Discord titles, but well be showing off some soon. So Discord is getting into the battle for your gaming dollars. Steam has dominated PC for so long, but it seems like something has broken loose recently. Major publishers are leaving Steam for their own platforms, and maybe Discord has enabled them to feel confident to do that because so many players no longer rely on Valves service for their social interactions. But now Discord is opening up shop as well, and it could potentially turn all of those users into customers in a way that disrupts gaming forever.
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.