Discord Nitro games will soon be no more. This particular perk of the communication client's subscription service has been around for almost a year and the team behind this program have made the tough decision not to carry on with this particular perk for Discord Nitro.
Discord Nitro — What Is It and What Do You Get?On the off chance you don't know what Discord is, it essentially began as a voice chat service similar to Skype, Ventrilo, Mumble, etc. The key difference was that you didn't have to pay to rent a server — you could just create one for free.
Discord has seen steady growth, reaching the 250 million user milestone earlier in May of this year.
The company largely supported itself through Discord Nitro membership and other revenue streams. Here are the perks you'd get with said membership:
- Custom Discord tag
- Animated avatars/emojis
- Better quality livestreams and video
- Global custom emojis
- Increased upload limit
- Special profile badge
- Exclusive server perks
The End of Discord Nitro GamesA blog post on the Discord website details a rather unfortunate piece of information. While many gamers were passionate about the titles selected for this program, most people just weren't playing these games. As a result, the Nitro Games catalog will be closing down on October 15, 2019.
Current subscribers will still have access to these games until the dreaded date arrives. Just to avoid any confusion, any games that you have purchased on their own aren't going anywhere; this only covers free access to a limited selection of titles with Discord Nitro membership.
The removal of this program is a continuation of the company's inclination to try things and then shut them down if they're not working as well as expected. The VOIP client previously had its own storefront which they ultimately decided to shutter earlier this year. Primarily expanding through venture capital funding to date, the company continues to seek a way to ensure profitability into the future, while staying true to its values and past promises such as no ads, ever. One of the complaints about the store by some users was that they felt it was an advertisement being in the application.
Discord asks that people leave feedback to tell them what they'd like to see in Nitro. They also understand that this change may be surprising to some folks (especially those who may have purchased the $99.99 yearlong package) and they are offering refunds here. Discord Nitro Games go away for good on October 15, 2019.
What do you think of the end of Discord Nitro games? Did you make use of this particular perk or were you uninterested in using it? Let us know in the comments below!