Discord is cutting back on non-core features such as games library and launcher

Discord is cutting back on non-core features such as games library and launcher

Communications app Discord has said that it is removing features that aren't essential to its core business.

The firm said in a blog post that it is removing its Universal Game Launcher and its Library tab, as well as the Activity Feed. Discord has said that it wants to make its platform less "bulky" and is removing features that don't play into the core purpose of the application, which is talking to friends.

The removal of the launcher and library functionality is down to the fact that Discord's community seemingly isn't finding them useful.

The ability to launch games in Discord, as well as see what games you have, was rolled out ahead of the company trying to launch a storefront. This was released in October 2018 following an announcement in August of that year.

By March 2019, Discord quietly shelved its storefront, instead letting developers sell games directly via their own servers. In September, the company killed its Nitro Games catalogue, which saw users subscribing to the Nitro service receiving free games.

In 2019, Discord had attracted 250m users in the four years it had been live.

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