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Discord is abandoning subscription games because nobody played them

By Shawn Knight · 4 replies
Sep 13, 2019 at 2:02 PM
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  1. Discord revealed in a recent blog post that while some subscribers loved the games included in Nitro, the vast majority of gamers didn’t play them. After careful consideration, the team said it “won’t be hitting continue when these contracts come up for renewal” next month.

    As a result, the Nitro Games catalog will be taken offline on October 15, 2019. You'll be able to play them up until that date, however.

    Discord is offering a refund to subscribers that wish to cancel their membership over the matter. Simply contact the Discord team to get that ball rolling should you so choose.

    There is an upside to removing the catalog in that it frees up additional resources for Discord to refocus. The company said it is going to “double down” on making sure Nitro lives up to its mission of having more features, fun and enhancements. For starters, they’re doubling the upload size to 100MB for Nitro subscribers and reducing the number of boosts needed to reach level 3, from 50 down to just 20.

    Server boosts allow users to unlock additional perks including higher-quality audio, vanity URLs and additional emoji slots.

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  2. OutlawCecil

    OutlawCecil TS Evangelist Posts: 711   +516

    Love it when companies listen to the users/consumers and respond accordingly. Gotta give'em credit for that.
     
  3. EEatGDL

    EEatGDL TS Evangelist Posts: 702   +401

    A noble effort but in an already too crowded market. Talking through the Xbox application or Skype carries a worse call quality than Discord, so I give them that.
     
  4. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,666   +4,020

    LOL .... and yet, we have more companies trying to get subscription services of all kinds started .... they will never learn!
     
  5. Polycount

    Polycount TS Evangelist Posts: 1,880   +409

    It was nice to see them try, and their intentions were good (helping out indie games), but yeah... It was a bad idea in the first place. Nobody needed another game subscription service from a company without any chops in this area (with fewer benefits or interesting titles). They also quietly shut down their Store a while ago. Seems that was an even more short-lived concept.

    Like Outlaw said, though, gotta give 'em credit for seeing which way the wind was blowing and backing off instead of doubling down. That sort of foresight, or at least basic common sense, is quite rare in the gaming industry these days.
     
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