Discord has launched its own video game storefront into beta, and it kinda looks like a Steam-GOG mashup

    
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We all rolled our eyes when Valve’s new Steam chat client borrowed heavily from Discord‘s proven best practices for chat, but most people didn’t seem particularly inclined to switch. Wonder if the same will hold true now that Discord is aping Steam’s core business?

Yep, this week Discord revealed its new mission to “bring the games to you” via Discord Nitro, which is basically a video game storefront built right into your chat. Its chief difference appears to be its marketing; Discord says it’ll be offering a “curated” approach, a “cozy neighborhood book shop vibe” when it comes to sales, with what sounds like a cross-platform launcher too. So maybe more like GOG than Steam, but with the Steam look. And it’s working on publishing specific indie titles with temporary exclusive launches too.

The company says the platform is currently in beta for some 50,000 Canadian participants. It promises that “Discord’s voice, text, and video chat will continue to be a primary focus for” the team.

Source: Discord blog
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agemyth 😩

While I don’t know if I want to buy any games on Discord, I will say in general that I like the idea of a game distribution platform not being owned and operated by one of the big game publishers.

My biggest upcoming test of sticking to my guns on that will be to not buy Doom Eternal when it comes out, I assume, exclusively on the Bethesda.net client.

It would be cool if Discord could make enough money through Discord Nitro subscriptions and game partnerships, but that is not the world we live in. Nobody should be surprised to see them trying to make money in new ways, but of course they have to do this right to earn the trust of the market.

If I buy a few games on Discord and in 5 years it tanks to the point that the store or entire platform aren’t able to continue what will happen to my games (game licenses). I was never very afraid of buying games on GOG because I know if things go wrong there I will have the chance to back up my DRM-free library.

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Ernost

Like it wasn’t bloated enough. Damn thing takes longer to start up than some games do. Maybe its time to switch back to teamspeak, ventrilo or mumble.

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Slaasher

Heresy!!
While discord sometimes has its issues the other programs were downright terrible in comparison imo.
Not sure how i feel about another game front opening up.
I guess I always have preferred to by from the publisher directly. I usually take that option if its available

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Alexander Smith

I can kind of go either way with this. Personally I would rather see Blizzard or Valve get their discord copies to work well. Especially Blizzard I mean it would be great for WoW imo. At the same time the fact that they still haven’t despite having more resources than they know what to do with clearly makes me hopefully for Discord.

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At this rate, my local supermarket will be offering me a game-store app within the month …

I like Discord for free voip long-distance chatting with my friends.

I like Steam and GOG for digital game selling. Green Man Gaming and HumbleBundle are good for me too, sometimes.

But I really, really, really don’t need a digital game storefront from everybody and their dog.

As a semi-geezer, this reminds of the time when iTunes first started to make big money selling digital music — there was a period where all the record companies pulled, or held back, their music catalogues, because they were going to “do their own iTunes”, get their own pile of cash, and use the fan-appeal of their music to make it all happen.

All of those “iTunes wanna be” in-company digital stores are dead now.

They banked on the old “Even if we only make a tenth of what iTunes is making, a tenth of eleventy gajillion dollars is still a lot!”

What they missed completely is that people were more interested in getting their digital music for a reasonable price conveniently from one source.

The convenience was a large part of iTunes’ appeal, and still is, I think.

I’m not saying that Steam will end up being the final word in digital-game selling — there are still issues there — but I expect that, when the smoke clears, there will be one or two major contenders, and the rest will fade away.

It’s about convenience, I think. Nobody needs sixteen different digital game-store accounts from fifteen different game publishers.

My opinions, anyway,

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Cadaver

I’ll stick with Steam, thanks.

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Never, ever going to spend a penny on a Discord product.

May as well buy games from Twitter or Facebook; or just stab my toe on a broken beer bottle, that might be just as good of an idea.

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Sray

Any alternative to Valve is good news in my opinion, but it seems to me that what’s really needed to break Valve’s stranglehold on PC gaming is a library manager/meta-launcher app that allows gamers to purchase and manage their entire games library across multiple store app/launchers installed on their computer in one place without ever having to see if they’re using Steam, or Origin, or Uplay, or Gog, or etc… If you have one app that allows you to buy from whatever store has the best price while also not having to worry about directly dealing with yet another launcher, the number of people who will purchase from alternate vendors will skyrocket.

The biggest stumbling block for a relatively large (but shrinking) segment of gamers is that Steam is convenient because all their games are already there (the advantage of being on the scene ten years before anyone else). If that advantage is removed, then suddenly Valve no longer has the monopoly on convenience, and then they actually have to do something to compete with competitors who aren’t clogging their stores up with crap that anyone with a hundred dollars can put up for sale.

EDIT – how about that? Read the full blog post, and it turns out Discord is doing exactly that. That’s the real big news as far as I’m concerned.

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Stormwaltz

Steam has a lock on modern “AAA” games from a variety of publishers.
GOG has a lock on modern indies and the AAA games of previous eras.
Gamersgate used to be the place for quirky East European games (but seems like a Steam key seller now)

What’s Discord’s angle?

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dead memes.

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Sray

“First on Discord”: they’ll have 90 day exclusivity launch window on indie titles they’ve “helped bring to life”; which I assume is probably a bunch of indie and Kickstarter titles that have used Discord for grassroots marketing campaigns (I know that a lot of upcoming MMOs have utilized Discord pretty heavily to organize their communities).

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GOG really doesn’t have a lock on indies.
Like at all.
If a game sells 1% of its copies on GOG, it’s a fucking miracle. And I do like GOG, but it’s just completely irrelevant if it’s not The Witcher.

What they have is the same thing that Humblebundle or EA can offer: money hats for temporary exclusivity.

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Slaasher

Tons and tons of gamers already using their products.
its a pretty good angle

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xpsync

on one hand i’m like GO DISCORD!!! on the other, i’m hoping they don’t lose focus on why i use them, and that’s kinda looking like it’s already starting to happen.

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David Goodman

I’m not sure I will use them, but I honestly hope they do well, because I would like to see Steam have enough competition to force them to actually do something; they’ve been pretty complacent in their place.