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    With over 130 million registered users, the online chatting program Discord is currently one of the most popular ways for gamers to casually communicate with each other. It also appears that the team behind the program, Hammer and Chisel, are looking to achieve even greater heights, as there's a new beta which will be available later today. This new update brings about a Store tab on the Discord startup page, and is planned to be a brand new storefront for users to buy games from. Titles from major publishers like THQ Nordic are available, as well as a multitude of indie games. For those that pay the fee for Discord Nitro ($4.99 a month, or $49.99 a year), they'll have access to a handful of games each month, not entirely dissimilar to the likes of PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live. When the service goes live, Nitro users will receive Saints Row: The Third, Metro: Last Light Redux, and Darksiders: Warmastered Edition.

    Not only is the storefront major news, but Discord will also be starting up an exclusive funding program. If an indie developer agrees to publish their title on Discord exclusively first, for a minimum of 90 days, the company will help them cover some of the costs of development.

    This new addition might make waves, as the current controversies around Steam in regards to adult games, or taking an incredibly lax stance on curation, or Fallout 76 skipping Steam, have some users questioning their support of Valve, and a new alternative could create competition. As of right now, the new Discord beta will only be available to select Canadian Discord Nitro users, where it will then roll out to all users at a later date.

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  3. Biff627

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    Oh no, not more of them
     
  4. Chary

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    Though Discord proved last month that they're not really the best at handling problems with their company (FF14 debacle), I think this is actually really smart. You might not want yet another launcher on your computer, but Discord isn't just a launcher, it's a chat program that most people already have downloaded. Plus, the indie funding thing is great, and honestly, this is the best possible option to create a competitor to Steam. For now, I don't feel entirely comfortable buying games from Discord when I have over 300 on Steam, but if Discord offers a better looking solution, or cheaper sales, or such, they could really be on to something.
     
  5. the_randomizer

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    Hmm, methinks there will be a crappy DRM to go along with it, huh?
     
  6. EthanAddict

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    Origin but at least more convenient?
     
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    So now we have Steam imitating Discord and Discord imitating Steam. Hmm... :unsure:
     
  8. Noctosphere

    Noctosphere Adoptive father of Zelda
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    Never really used discord so far, so i doubt it will affect me :P
     
  9. ChaosEternal

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    Sounds like a decent idea, but until the global mods stop moderating servers so harshly, they won't be getting any more money from me.
     
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  10. netovsk

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    And let me guess... it will be integrated with the current app and forced onto users?

    What a bunch of d-bags.
     
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  12. Noctosphere

    Noctosphere Adoptive father of Zelda
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    blocked in my country :(
     
  13. RedoLane

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    Wait, even this video is blocked??
    NOOOO GOD! NO GOD, PLEASE NO. NO! NO! NOOOOOO!!!
     
  14. Noctosphere

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    yea i guessed it was something like that with the title
     
  15. supergamer368

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    I like this though. It makes it so you don’t have to keep opening launchers to find your pc games. They’ll all be in just one launcher, and you’ll be able to chat too.
     
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    Just fucking stick to what people want you to be, a god damn voice chat program. God, how many fucking more game storefronts do we need?
     
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  17. leon315

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    What is Discord Nitro?? which are advantages a pay users would get?
     
  18. RedoLane

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    it fits your situation, so that's a double dip on the reference :D
     
  19. Seriel

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    https://discordapp.com/nitro
    this + free games if youre in the store beta (or when it comes out)
     
  20. Memoir

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    Oh good, more storefronts to clog the PC community.
     
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  21. Biff627

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    Thats what I was thinking...
     
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