Discord kills Nitro Games catalogue

Discord kills Nitro Games catalogue

Communications app Discord is on longer offering free games to subscribers of its premium Nitro tier.

In a blog post, the firm admits that not many people were actually playing the titles they were being given for free. As a result, the Nitro Games collection is being pulled on October 15, 2019.

This comes just under a full year after Discord rolled out its storefront. Despite showing great ambition, with the company even going so far as to offer a 90/10 per cent revenue share, this venture turned out to rather short-lived. Discord quietly closed the storefront in March, instead letting developers sell direct to consumers via official servers.

We've reached out to Discord to see if this is still the case.

"Those of you who have seen Discord grow over the last four years know that we’re constantly improving, adapting, and experimenting. Everything from our interface to Nitro itself has evolved as we learn how to make Discord better, faster, and stronger," the company wrote.

"We also cannot continue to improve without your feedback and support. Thank you for being here with us as we continue our journey to bring people together around playing games."

In March, Discord revealed it had attracted 250m users in its four years. We caught up with the company's CTO Stanislav Vishnevskiy to find out how it achieved this and why it had changed its approach to games retail

At the end of 2018, Discord raised a $150m investment round which valued the firm at a cool $2.05bn.

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