Discord Launches Game Store Beta

Discord launches app store with major games, indies and exclusives

These initial users were randomly selected for the beta in order to test out the new features before the service eventually launches for all 150 million Discord users. The popular voice and text chat app made the announcement recently, and as a start, it said that it would be partnering up with video games developers THQ and Deep Silver. Now, they seem to be ready to expand upon these features even further.

The announcement does reveal that future plans for the Discord Store will include relying on the Discord community to influence recommendations. First on Discord games won't be available on this beta.

First, let's look at the store itself.

They'll also see a new Discord Store tab in the home screen with individual games available for purchase. Game in this library include titles such as Saints Row: The Third, Darksiders: Warmastered Edition, and Metro: Last Light Redux. "We think this kind of cozy neighborhood bookshop vibe would be great for games. We knew we didn't want to sell ads or user data, so we had two options left: cosmetics or content. Nitro was our attempt at cosmetics, now we're adding games to that subscription and building a retail store too".

At this point, we can't but wait for more updates about Nitro, hoping it will change the way indie games are published and establish sturdy standards for curation. Discord's answer to that is the First on Discord service. The platform will also be offering a selection of games to its Discord Nitro subscribers at no additional cost. After 90 days, the Indie game can then go on to other platforms.

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Lastly, there's the Discord Universal Library.

However, the new store will be different from Steam's, which has become a platform where nearly anyone can sell a game.

Discord has likened its new storefront to a 'cozy book shop, ' explaining it wants to keep the marketplace uncluttered so consumers can easily find what they're after.

KitGuru Says: Given how massive Discord is right now, this could end up being a good challenger to Steam. A Discord rep refuted those claims at the time, and the company is making a similar assertion here. 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!

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