A popular game deals site is closing down for good: Chrono.gg will be shutting down later in October 2020, although this isn't the end of its mission to enhance game discoverability — it will soon be supplanted by Nexus.gg.
Chrono.gg is a website that launched a few years ago with a simple mission: highlight a single game at a discounted price every single day. Since then, it's done pretty much that, but the creators have also focused on finding ways to incentivize others to drive sales.
Earlier this year, the company made the announcement that it had secured $5.5 million in investor funding. This funding would be used to expand the company's efforts to help creators launch customized game stores. Combine that with an earlier announcement that they would be ending support for Chrono Coins and the closure of the Chrono site begins to make sense. Now, Chrono.gg is closing down for good later this month and it will be replaced by an entirely new service: Nexus.gg.
Why is Chrono.gg Shutting Down?
Simply put, Chrono.gg is shutting down because it has outgrown its original mission. The company's new "Nexus" service will be launching soon, and the creators just don't have the time to dedicate to both projects.
"After working on [Chrono.gg] Creator Stores throughout 2019, we realized just how much a difference they could make," read an announcement from the company. "With that realization, we began building a new platform from the ground up and designed to scale. We call it Nexus."
Nexus sounds like a pretty cool project, but launching a new service takes a lot of time, money, and resources. That resulted in an unfortunate realization on the part of Chrono.gg's creators: they had to choose between the two services, and that led to the decision to shut down Chrono.gg.
Chrono.gg's final sale will be on October 29, 2020, at 12:00 PM EDT and will end at the same time on October 30. After this sale concludes, the look of the site will change to reflect its closure. The site's forums will continue to be hosted, but the company's Discord server is going to be repurposed for use with Nexus.
What is Nexus.gg?
With Chrono.gg closing down, what's next for its creators? They're now working on Nexus.gg, a new platform that aims to accomplish the same mission of game discoverability while also making it easier than ever for influencers to share in the sales.
"Nexus is the ultimate form of Creator Stores and the natural evolution of our original mission; not only improving game discoverability, but also letting creators in on the value they create by playing and recommending games to their audiences," the company's announcement continued. "Nexus is in closed beta right now, but we’ve already begun to onboard creators who are building their own Nexuses and seeing some amazing success."
There are still two weeks of great daily deals available — right now, you can buy SpeedRunners on Chrono.gg right now for just $3.75. While it's sad to see this game deals platform wind down, it's looking like Nexus might just be a substantial upgrade for people looking for great gaming deals.
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