Discord announced on September 12th that for the one-year anniversary of their Nitro Games service they will, umm, shut it all down. Launched in October of 2018, the idea was to bring a curated selection of “free” games to Nitro subscribers for $9.99/month as well as offer individual games for sale. Now that it’s time for Discord to renew their licensing deals with partners like THQ, 2K, and Deep Silver they’ve taken a long, hard look at the numbers and decided that it’s just not worth it.
“We learned a lot from all of you over the last year. Through your valuable feedback, it became clear that while we and some of you love these games, the truth is the vast majority of Nitro subscribers didn’t play them.
So, after careful consideration, we won’t be hitting Continue when these contracts come up for renewal. The Nitro Games catalogue will be removed on October 15th, 2019.”
– Discord Blog
That catalog currently contains 97 titles and while access is going away, any titles that users purchased or were awarded as Nitro Game Perks will still be available in their libraries. Also on the upside is that no games were exclusive to Discord’s shop so there are no new Extinct titles to add.
As for us, I’m going to add a page for the entire Discord Nitro Games service and will not be adding individual pages for each game they offered. The deadline date will also be on the Watch List calendar for anyone that’s now trying to marathon through those 97 games before October 15th.
Did you ever buy a game on Discord? Are you a Nitro subscriber and does this news make you reconsider renewing your membership? Let us know in the comments below.