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Discord will start selling games in a 'curated' store

12 August 2018

"We wanted to build an fantastic platform that people wanted to use every day and we wanted to grow that platform before focusing too much on monetization". The store will also feature a "First on Discord" section, which will have indie games the company helped bring to life.

Discord Nitro, a $4.99 monthly subscription service, gives users perks like customized Discord tags, animated emojis, and higher upload limits.

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The Nitro subscribers will have access to the following games: "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". Now available titles include Super Meat Boy and Saints Row: The Third, among others.

It may not be the juggernaut that Steam now is, but the potential is there.

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

In an attempt to compete with the likes of Steam and GOG.com, massively popular VoIP app Discord plans to open a game store. Games from indie publishers will also be sold through the platform. Instead, the company will focus on a smaller selection of games that are based on certain recommendations. That is to say that it will allow anyone to purchase games at retail prices. 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! It was confirmed via email by a representative that "all games [offered on the storefront] will be curated by Discord". This will also serve as a discovery service that will promote games with a boutique feel according to the announcement. The First on Discord titles can be sold on other platforms once the exclusivity period is up.

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Right now the store is rolling out in beta to 50,000 Canadian users who will see an upgraded version of Discord Nitro along with a Discord Store tab on the home screen. Eros Resmini (Discord CMO) explains to The Verge. "So we want to provide them with a frictionless way to get into games with friends. With 150 million registered users that's a lot of building friendships while talking about and playing games together".

Discord will start selling games in a 'curated' store