Chat platform Discord opens beta version of digital game store

Oct

17

2018

Discord has opened a store where users can buy games. After purchasing, they end up in a ‘universal library’, from which players can start up and play downloaded games. For the time being, it is an open beta.

Discord reports that the store is still in the beta phase and the company can make adjustments based on feedback from users. The store contains a small selection of games, including Super Meat boy and Psychonauts. There are also a number of ‘First on Discord’ titles available, which are exclusive to the platform. Discord says that more games are being added.

According to the platform , payments can currently only be made via PayPal and credit card. In addition, it is only possible to download and play games via Windows. Whether the macOS and Linux versions of Discord finally get these features is not yet known.

By adding the universal library it is possible to download and play games through Discord. Players can use the library to scan their PC for games and add them to the collection. In addition, synchronization with libraries of other game platforms is possible, such as Origin or Steam. Adding games manually is also an option.

With the arrival of the store, there are also two subscriptions available for Discords Nitro service. The Nitro plan costs ten dollars per month. It offers unlimited access to a library of, currently, sixty games, animated avatars, personalized tags and an upload capacity for files of up to 50MB instead of 8MB. The second subscription, Nitro Classic, is available for five dollars a month. Subscribers have access to the same features as the Nitro subscription, minus unlimited access to the sixty games.

The data of the games that subscribers receive is stored externally. When a contract with a publisher expires, players still have access to data such as savegames. It is not yet clear how long players have access to their externally stored data when their subscription expires.

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