Almost a year ago, Discord launched its own games store and overhauled the Nitro subscription service to offer access to a library of games in addition to other chat and server related perks.
The app's store has gone through several changes over the year, with games ultimately being sold directly through developers' Discord servers instead of the original dedicated portal. However, the library of games Nitro subscribers get access to is getting axed, and its because almost nobody actually played them, per Discord.
"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," said the company in a blog post today. "So, after careful consideration, we won’t be hitting Continue when these contracts come up for renewal.
The removal affects users who are registered for the $9.99 per month (or the $99.99 annual) Nitro subscription, who will no longer be able to play the almost 100-strong catalog of games - seen on the left image - from October 15, 2019. To those who may have been caught off guard by the announcement and want to cancel Nitro, Discord is also offering refunds on the subscription.
Going forward, Discord will be refocusing its resources on bolstering other elements of Nitro, introducing a doubled upload cap of 100MB along with higher bitrate streaming on Go Live, the recently added livestreaming technology on the platform.