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Discord Launches a Steam-Style Game Store

Dave Parrack 10-08-2018

Discord, the voice and text chat app that’s insanely popular amongst gamers, is launching its own dedicated game store. What’s more, Discord Nitro subscribers will gain access to a selection of games as part of their paid subscriptions.


Steam is the biggest gaming platform around. However, in terms of social, Steam has lost ground to Discord. In July 2018, Steam redesigned Steam Chat to compete with Discord What's New in Steam Chat? 9 Features You Should Know About The new Steam Chat update boasts a host of new features as Steam tries to compete with Discord. Read More . And now Discord is launching a game store to compete with Steam.

The Discord Store Opens for Business

As detailed on the Discord Blog, there are two elements to Discord’s move into games. The first is the Discord Store, where you’ll be able to buy a curated set of games. The second is free games for Nitro subscribers, which Discord is calling “Netflix for Games”.

The Discord Store won’t offer every game ever released. Instead, Discord is pitching it as a boutique store for the best games, as chosen by Discord employees. There will also be “First on Discord” games that will be temporarily exclusive to the Discord Store.

Meanwhile, Discord Nitro subscribers (who currently pay $4.99/month or $49.99/year) will be able to play a selection of classic games as part of their subscription. The initial offering includes Super Meat Boy, Saints Row: The Third, and Metro: Last Night Redux.


Discord has launched the Discord Store in beta by inviting around 50,000 Canadian users to be test subjects. However, the company plans to expand the beta over time, and eventually make the Discord Store available to all 150 million users.

Selling to 150 Million Dedicated Gamers

While this all seems to have taken some people by surprise, Discord was bound to start selling games at some point. Having built a userbase of 150 million people, it makes sense to then launch a store selling them the wares they currently buy elsewhere.

While Discord is the latest to try and steal Steam’s crown, it isn’t the first. There are plenty of other Steam alternatives worth considering Tired of Steam? Here Are the Best Alternative Gaming Clients Not everybody wants to use Steam! Want to know what else you can use? Here are a list of safe alternatives in gaming distribution websites and platforms! Read More . But if you love Steam so much you’ve bought too many games over the years here’s how to organize your Steam library The Best Way to Organize Your Massive Steam Library Is your Steam library overflowing with games that you'll never play. If you've got more games than you know what to do with, this free tool will help you get them under control. Read More .

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  1. Sailor Jo
    August 14, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    Gaming makes me sick. How about a graphics card that allows productivity applications on a 4k monitor with flexible zooming?

  2. BWayne
    August 13, 2018 at 7:20 am

    Surprised that Leawo Blu-ray Ripper's not on the list. I think it's even better than DVDfab. Have been using it for a long time, works pretty well.