Discord Now Has a Game Store

When Steam launched a modern chat experience, all the company did was clone Discord. You see, with more than 150 million users and nearly 20 million daily users, Discord has become a huge threat for Steam, a go-to platform for games for many. I previously predicted that Discord will likely launch its own digital gaming store sometime soon to take on Steam. And now, it’s here.

Discord today announced that the company has started beta testing a new digital game store with 50,000 of its Canadian users. Yes, you can now buy and play games on Discord. The Discord app now has a storefront where you will find a curated list of games available for purchase, and launch them from within the app. At launch, Discord doesn’t have a ton of games, but that list is bound to grow over time. For now, you will only be able to purchase games like Dead Cells, Frostpunk, Omensight, Into the Breach, SpellForce 3, The Banner Saga 3, Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire, Hollow Knight, Moonlighter, This is the Police 2, and Starbound. Not too bad for a beta launch.

That’s not all. Those who subscribe to Discord’s Nitro subscription service will also be getting free access to some games. The $5 a month service will now give you access to some games every month, launching first with titles like Saints Row: The Third, Metro: Last Light Redux, Darksiders : Warmastered Edition, De Blob, Tormentor X Punisher, Dandara, Kathy Rain, GoNNER, Kingdom: New Lands, System Shock Enhanced Edition, and Super Meat Boy.

Discord’s gaming store seems like the future of its business. So far, it was only able to make money from Nitro, and all of that changes today with the new gaming store. The company is even launching a “First on Discord” program where indie game developers will exclusively release some of their new games on Discord, and then make the titles available elsewhere after 90 days of exclusivity.

It’s no surprise Discord has become the modern gamer’s go-to platform for gaming. Discord has slowly become the industry standard for gamers and streamers — with powerful third-party integrations and a modern-take on a communication platform gamers, Discord is ahead of Steam when it comes to communication. And now with the digital gaming store, Discord can soon be seen as a full-fledged alternative to Steam, as long as the firm can pull in some of the world’s biggest titles to its game store. After all, Steam has a huge collection of games, and that could take Discord years to overtake.

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  • Martin Pelletier

    Premium Member
    09 August, 2018 - 10:52 am

    <p>This will be interesting to see. But it will be hard to dethrone Steam. Seems to me the new trend is all gaming companies are making their launchers with their own integrated stores. </p><p><br></p><p>One example is Bethesda not going to sell Fallout 76 on Steam at first. </p><p><br></p><p>At the speed it's going, I will end up with 10+ launcher installed just to play different games.</p>

  • Jonin

    09 August, 2018 - 1:47 pm

    <p>Let's not get too crazy with this kill Steam nonsense. Not happening anything soon</p>

  • WaltC

    09 August, 2018 - 4:16 pm

    <p>Gog's pretty much already killed Steam–at least for me…;) No DRM on GOG is allowed–Steam is mixed DRM depending on the developer's wishes–some Steam games won't run unless Steam is present and running, some don't require that Steam be running at all, but 100% of Gog titles are this way. GOG provides its customers with their own portable, downloadable and installable *legal game copy*–you know, just like having the disk copies of our games we'd buy at retail since day 1 of computer gaming. Each GOG copy is mine to do with as I please and it is 100% all legal–swap, sell, keep in a library (what I currently do with my 308 Gog titles (My 52 Steam titles? Sorry–no can do.) Internet blows up tomorrow my GOG library remains intact and playable. Not so, with Steam. GOG now offers Galaxy–it's own version of Steamworks–and functions just like Steamworks except for the fact Galaxy games do not require that Galaxy be running in order to run the games–game devs can update their own games directly–just like through Steamworks, etc. Any gaming service with a prayer of competing won't last long by ignoring the GOG model–Steam hasn't been the only game in town in like, forever? Nothing against Steam–I just prefer GOG, over all, personally. </p>

  • ianhead

    09 August, 2018 - 11:04 pm

    <p>It's the 90s Wild West all over again, just rather instead of CD keys, we're juggling entire storefronts! </p>

  • MightyGorath

    10 August, 2018 - 6:13 am

    <p>Why kill Steam? It's PC gaming, simplified. Combined store, library manager, chat, friends list, cloud saves, and so on. It's making PC gaming as simple as console gaming.</p>

    • NazmusLabs

      10 August, 2018 - 2:14 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#300766">In reply to MightyGorath:</a></em></blockquote><p>Because competition makes steam better. Valve has been doing little since it had become dominant.</p>

  • FalseAgent

    10 August, 2018 - 7:01 am

    <p>No one has quite sat on their asses like Valve despite their massive advantage in market share. They could use some actual competition. Discord is well-loved by many gamers and streamers alike, and most use Discord with Steam games anyway. Unlike Steam, Discord chat is a place for not just friends but also communities – which are a big part of PC gaming (Steam only has forum-style communities). Discord has a very good chance of cracking this market.</p>


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