What happened to the Discord store?

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  • danclay

    Agreed. The decision to do this only promotes games included with Nitro. Unless they plan to add all the games on their store to Nitro (unlikely), this dramatically decreases exposure for purchasable games. Discord's 90/10 split proves nothing if purchasable games get no exposure. It could be that the Nitro game store gives Discord a larger profit than the 90/10 split they boasted about only a few months ago. If that is the case, Discord wants to use Nitro games as a way to get a larger cut, basically telling developers that if they want exposure on the platform, they need to give Discord a larger cut by going the Nitro route instead of the 90/10 route where Discord would get a smaller cut. Discord may be turning into just another greedy platform that could care less about the developers who work incredibly hard to make games (this is just a wild theory that I came up with late at night).

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  • XEqualsPenguin

    I just received the above email. Correct me if I'm wrong, but won't that make it even harder to find a game? Now servers that have games are, by default, not even searchable on Server Discovery.

    Don't get me wrong, I like using Discord for chatting. It's just sad to see the chances of me releasing a game on it diminish more and more. Also, I'm not quite sure "50+ games" is a selling point. There are 89 games on Nitro.
    ... come to think of it, that's not many games either.

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  • Ace

    Seriously though, The store tab was implemented great. This decision doesn't make sense.

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  • Fr0stii

    This is very annoying to me because when there is a free game that comes out on Discord, I'm going to naturally think that it's a Nitro subscription game, and not free. Please change it back so my tiny 14 yr old mind doesn't explode with confusion.

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  • XEqualsPenguin

    That is possibly the strongest proof I've seen of why this is problematic. I don't expect them to revert it, but at least we can point to this and tell other devs not to bother trying to release on Discord.

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  • Donut

    I'm really disheartened about the decisions made with the games, as that was the initial reason for me to get Nitro. The Discord store really to me felt like it did everything better than what the EGS tried to do (especially the more favorable 90/10 revenue split), but ultimately failed to do so because of this pretty stupid decision to have games only distributed by the server(s). There was a lot of potential to the store, but no, the staff thinks games should be sold in their own safe space.

    As everyone said, it's more or less difficult to find new games through Discord--since they're all isolated into their own servers, that is likely to be not even be discoverable. And really, if the non-Nitro games are isolated like that, then there's less sense to have it published on your server if you can distribute it on your own website/storefront instead (which would be free of needless splits and you would have full control of).

    I think removing Nitro isn't making it better, more of insult to injury. It probably would've helped if they gotten more games or better deals, but to be realistic, not too many developer & publishers really seemed to have bought into the idea of "Netflix for games" or some kind of rental service. Most of the games available on Nitro are found inexpensive on Steam and/or GOG anyways, so sadly, it's not like much was missed. One of the reasons Steam is still highly relevant was simply because of the massive availability of games being in one place. And GOG just had the games DRM-free, for it's appeal. You get neither with this.

    Of course there's always competition (and the fear of it, amongst the indies) when it comes with any industry, but sheesh, I thought servers were a get together for people who are fans of X game. I feel this model only really works if you got a sequel to a game, and the people in the server is a fan of it can go buy it directly. But that consequently would mean, there's going to be less odds of new players because they can't find the game to begin with.

    As Gabe Newell said, limiting the ways of availability only really just encourages people to pirate the game, let alone knowing it even exists. I really don't think making the product hidden and/or exclusive to one particular location would really help you with sales at all... Nitro Games honestly would've seen more use, if they just kept the games store.

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  • Bernd

    Totally argree

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  • antv199

    Even if I can still access my games from my library, it's still a strange approach for customers and devs.I think the previous design was better.

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  • Malkantar

    I still cant find the store games, only nitro. Where do I go to see store games?

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  • XEqualsPenguin

    @Malkantar you can't. That's what most of this comment thread is about, the fact that the Discord Store functionally no longer exists.

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  • Malkantar

    Ok so the store just doesn't exist anymore. So we cant buy games off discord anymore....sigh

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  • XEqualsPenguin

    You technically can, but not easily. You have to already know what game you want to buy and hope they have a verified server. If they do, you can join that server and purchase it there. Discord has completely removed the ability to browse for games, which was and still is a major part of shopping for games. People often don't know what they want and will instead browse through the steam catalogue, the Epic store, or a physical retailer like Best Buy or GameStop (or whatever store applies to you). Instead only people who most likely already have purchased the game are able to find where to buy the game on Discord. It's a major problem both for consumers and developers (as I mentioned in a previous comment, I am both).

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  • Malkantar

    Wow, that's just bad. Makes no sense. I thank you for your info and help though.

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  • ELRinley

    What is WRONG with you?! Punishing people for not chipping into Nitro. Cool. Thanks, guys. I literally can't even shop for Discord-purchasable games by looking for their servers!!!

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  • CloudTheWolf

    Another bad decision has been made!
    Now they are removing vanity URLs so that you can only get them if your server is verified. I'm close to jumping ship and just distributing on my own website.

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  • XEqualsPenguin

    You make a really good point. The 90/10 does feel representative of putting in the absolute minimum effort possible.

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  • MrGrim

    I just wanted to see what games were available on discord. maybe find something that looks interesting. and see what games i would get if i were to get nitro. 
    I can't do either because of this quite frankly insanely stupid decision. 
    I see it's bin noted before here. how people can't browse the store this way for things they might like but don't know about. see how this is exactly what's happening now? 
    I really hope you decide to change this.
    I myself am for now put off from buying nitro because of this as well. 

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  • The Fierce Deity

    Hey, I have Nitro but I like to see the variety of games. The fact that I can't kind of upsets me because I am a Gamer and I like to browse and see what's new. I also exclusively got Nitro to both look at the Store and to also get perks for games that I have already and to potentially get new games for the Nitro perks I have. Also, that's kind of disrespectful to the gaming community by teasing the Discord Store and then yanking it away. And to top it off, if people want to get extra gear or items in games like Warframe, what's the freaking point because you don't need to buy anything to get those Warframes because you can grind for them, the same goes for weapons too in that game. I get that's a perk, but still you are closing doors to the Discord Store and making it into a place of where we only get perks. Also, I found the look of the Discord Store to be beautiful, and it's a shame that it's gone. 

    House of Balance Member: The Fierce Deity

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  • Valdas

    Lol I was kinda excited about Discord battle Steam for a moment, but now this is just garbage... No way to know what games r on sale even...

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  • Ane

    I honestly have no idea why they changed this and completely agree with what you're saying

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  • ,.

    They likely made that decision permanent not to buy into Nitro for you MrGrim as there will no longer be any games in Nitro as of October 15. https://blog.discordapp.com/whats-coming-for-nitro-a732ddc4b5b1

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  • boneappletea

    oh.

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  • ks

    1. only nitro games show. if you selsect Games for purcharse list is empty

    2. list of games not from nitro is hidden behing button made as hard to notice on first glance

     

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  • Katsudon |カツ丼

    i don't know what you are talking about. i have all the games separate. a list of nitro free games, list of paid games, list of featured games, list of of early access games and a list for games on sale.

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