Discord is now going to double as a games store

New York City's famous Strand Book Store is both gigantic and cozy

You see, with more than 150 million users and almost 20 million daily users, Discord has become a huge threat for Steam, a go-to platform for games for many. Discord can scan your computer for games, add them to the library, and launch everything from one place.

They'll also see a new Discord Store tab in the home screen with individual games available for purchase.

The latest beta test for the platform has quietly launched today, enabling roughly 50,000 Canadian users to get access to their new games store. In a blog announcing the move, Discord says those players will see an upgraded version of Discord Nitro that has access to a curated selection of games along with the current subscription perks. Instead, they want their store to feel more like "one of those cozy neighborhood book shops" with personal recommendations about the best games from the Discord staff. Discord is putting an emphasis on curation, focusing on quality, and looking to avoid clutter. They're literally first on Discord - usually 90 days and then the developers can sell anywhere else they want. This upgraded Nitro service will start out offering games like Darksiders: Warmastered, Super Meat Boy, Saints Row: The Third, and Metro: Last Light Redux completely free.

The store already has the support of publishers THQ and Deep Silver, with more to likely come in the future. If it needs a launcher like Steam or Uplay, Discord will boot up that, too.

It's game time for Discord, the gaming community used to bring together some 150 million gamers that has now chose to get into, well, actual games.

The service will set you back $49.99 per year or you can plump for a cheaper, monthly pass for $4.99.

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

Similar to Steam, Discord is rolling out a Universal Library.

Though the service is used by lots of different groups, the focus for Discord is gaming: It offers both text and voice chat. And now with the digital gaming store, Discord can soon be seen as a full-fledged alternative to Steam, as long as the firm can pull in some of the world's biggest titles to its game store.

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