After a 2-month test phase, the Discord game store is now available to people all over the world. With the release of the new Discord version today, the new Nitro Subscription and Game Store can be found at the home app. The Discord game store brings to gamers a small lineup of games at launch, like: Frostpunk, Subnautica, Celeste, etc. Plus, there are some other games that launch first on Discord, and not available on the other platforms.
This is a move from Discord to intergrate more and more gaming aspect to the chat platform. As Jason Citron, CEO and co-founder of the company said in an interview:
"Discord's always been about bringing people together around games. Now, we're bringing games to people with our curated game store and Nitro game subscription service. We are really excited to help amazing developers get their games out to the market and help players find great new content."
Of course, to some people, Discord are trying to bite more than what they can chews. Especially when there are a lot of giant gaming stores on the internet at the moment: Steam, Origin, Battle.net, etc. But people from the company are really confident about the success of game store, based on the current number of users they have. Sure, Discord have the advantage of users, but the things that matter now is how many existing users will use the new features.
On the plus side, the pages from the game store are very clear, with detailed description, bullet-point list of features, system requirements and more. The current library of games is small, but the list will be update more and more as the time goes on. Meanwhile, the Nitro program is like Discord's version of Origin Access, allow subscribers to access 60 games on the library. The line up of games for Nitro program will be rotates regularly, in order to "keep the library" fresh. But even when the games got rotated out, save data will still remains in the cloud. This subscription mode will cost users 10$ per month.There also is the regular nitro option, which brings custom emotes and larger files upload for 5 USD per month.
For now, let's see how will Discord fare against all other big names on the market.