Discord announced they are taking the Discord Store into an open global beta. The store was initially rolled out for testing to around 50,000 Canadian users. The new update is already live so anyone with a Discord account will have access to the store.
At this stage in its life the selection of games is modest but Discord are looking to build a store full of high quality curated content. They're also releasing five titles exclusive to the store. These "First on Discord" games won't be available anywhere else for around 90 days after they launch. There is also a recommendation feature where players can keep track of what their friends are playing. It even shows you what the Discord team are playing if that interests you.
The latest Discord update also brings with it the Discord Library. This allows players to import games and launch them directly from the Discord app. This is a much-needed feature with the multitude of companies creating their own launchers. The import doesn't work with Battlenet games but I'm sure this is something they'll look to introduce.
Discord Nitro has received an upgrade. All Nitro subscribers will now get a collection of around 60 games for the $9.99 subscription price. They are looking to add more titles to the Nitro service and have stated that titles may disappear from time to time due to contracts with developers/publishers expiring.
I wasn't initially excited to hear that Discord were releasing their own storefront. It didn't feel like we needed another place to buy games. But seeing the great work the team behind Discord have been doing, I'm sold on the idea and I can't wait to see how these applications evolve.
Check out the Discord Store Beta blog post here.