Discord store could change the way PC games are bought and played

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Discord's service will also take a 30% cut from developers, and will also have a system for indie developers to put their games up for consideration.

Discord has a message for Valve and its Steam platform, and that message is 'Game on!' The popular online voice and text chat service for gamers is going to sell video games, just as Steam does, and Valve should take notice of its new competition. Why? The beta won't have any of those titles, but they're coming soon.

Starting as a beta program, the new store will offer gamers the chance to buy games, or if they are Nitro paid subscribers, have access to a free games library. "We'll be launching a curated game store experience similar to one of those cozy neighborhood book shops with recommendations about the hottest and newest games from us to you". The company announced today that it will be selling games in the near future via a Discord game store.

Simply called the "Store", Discord's marketplace will be accessible by visiting the app's home page and selecting the appropriate menu option.

If that wasn't enough, Discord is teaming up with indie studios to bring specific games to the platform first. At launch, this will include titles like Metro: Last Light Redux, Saints Row: The Third and Darksiders: Warmastered Edition.

"We hope to slowly expand the beta to test different markets, currencies, prior to full launch later this year", Resmini stated.

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The store will let Discord users purchase games from publishers such as THQ and Deep Silver. If it needs a launcher like Steam or Uplay, Discord will boot up that, too.

It's not clear how long the beta will run, but we've reached out to Discord itself and will report back when we know more. At present, the store includes such games as Frost Punk, Dead Cells, and Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire. The Discord Nitro subscription service will cost $4.99 per month or $49.99 annually.

"We'll be showcasing a variety of titles that we think you'll like", Discord's announcement reads. "Nitro was our attempt at cosmetics, now we're adding games to that subscription and building a retail store too".

Lastly, there's the Discord Universal Library.

Even with the launch of the store, Discord seems very aware of the importance of its chat service and becoming a one-stop-shop for gaming.

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