The competition between Valve's Steam and Discord is now getting serious.
Less than a month ago Valve "released their new upgraded Steam client" which offered a new modern and better chat system after "a relatively short open beta test", although it was evident it borrowed a lot from Discord. By contrast Discord added a games tab to its popular chat client, aggregating gaming news, currently played games by friends and a quick launcher for your own games.
The competition between Valve's Steam and Discord is now heating up with the latter starting a beta test in Canada of its own games store, which seamlessy integrate with Discord's chat client. The launch lineup, although only made of indie games, looks very strong and as reported by Variety it includes the following titles:
- Dead Cells
- Hollow Knight
- Into the Breach
- Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire
- SpellForce 3
- The Banner Saga 3
- This is the Police 2
Indeed a very strong launch lineup and, with the addition of new game titles, the store page will work as a curated store, showing up games recommendations with suggestions, dev team members interviews and so on.
Discord will not only be a games store but it will also offer monthly free games for NITRO subscribers, similar to what Twitch is currently doing with its Prime users, with the following 10 games available at launch:
- Darksiders: Warmastered Edition
- De Blob
- Kathy Rain
- Kingdom: New Lands
- Metro: Last Light Redux
- Saints Row: The Third
- Super Meat Boy
- System Shock Enhanced Edition
- Tormentor X Punisher
And finally, as if all of the above wasn't enough, Discord is planning to release new indie games as 90 days temporary exclusives with their "First on Discord" program, which is a bold move to bring new users their store.
As said the Discord games store is currently in beta testing in Canada, but they plan to reach other countries later this year. The new client will also include a tab called Universal Library, which allow Discord to scan for any other game on the system and create a launcher into the client itself, automatically executing third party launchers if needed.
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