Discord wants to take on Steam with its own in-app storefront

Judy Cobb
August 12, 2018

Even though Discord isn't now trying to compete with the quantity of games on platforms like Steam, its 130 million strong user base means many people already have large friends lists built up on Discord. Those will be indie games Discord has helped bring to life. The company's chat client is specifically designed for gamers and has amassed 150 million users.

In an attempt to compete with the likes of Steam and GOG.com, massively popular VoIP app Discord plans to open a game store. Those who are selected will gain access to the new Nitro Games library, along with having the ability to buy games from the new storefront. At this time, the current game partners for this new venture includes THQ and Deep Silver, both members of the THQ Nordic family of companies. Now available titles include Super Meat Boy and Saints Row: The Third, among others. 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. If the Discord Store and Nitro subscription manage to generate even a little bit of traction, it could keep your personal data away from marketers. This will also serve as a discovery service that will promote games with a boutique feel according to the announcement.

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Mere weeks after Valve launched a blatant Discord clone, Discord is striking back.

Chief marketing officer Eros Resmini explained Discord's motivations behind this new platform in an interview with Variety. It was confirmed via email by a representative that "all games [offered on the storefront] will be curated by Discord". There will even be a "Universal Library", which will allow users to play any of their PC games through Discord, without the need for a different launcher. Fantastic games that we missed. They'll be up for grabs for a short period of time first on Discord, and then they'll be released elsewhere. "That's how we fit in differently than other stores out there, ours is driven more by friendships and playing together than what is now available in the ecosystem".

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