Discord Nitro Games Are Going Away Next Month Because Most Users Weren’t Even Playing Them

Discord Nitro Games Are Going Away Next Month Because Most Users Weren’t Even Playing Them
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Discord announced it will be removing all games from Nitro, almost one year after adding a collection of games to the paid subscription service. On October 15 internationally, users will no longer have access to 100+ games that were included with the service.

According to a post on the official Discord blog, the removal comes down to the simple fact that not many players actually played any of the games.

Last year, Discord began offering a library of games to any users who paid for the Nitro subscription. This is a premium tier of Discord that also offers users different bonuses including larger file upload limits, streaming video options and server boosts.

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After a year of reviewing data and listening to users, Discord determined that most Nitro subscribers weren’t playing the free games. So instead of renewing various contracts for these free games for another year, Discord has decided to end the Nitro games program and remove all games from the service.

Nitro and Nitro Classic, a cheaper plan with fewer options, will continue to be available and Discord is planning on adding more features to these services.

Discord also clarified that any games that users bought through Discord will still be available to play. The only games being removed are the games included with Nitro subscriptions.


  • It would be interesting to dissect why it happened. Was it because the people that want the Nitro service aren’t interested in the free games? Is it just a sign of the times when there are a bajillion (yes, literally) games available for people to play so they had other, more interesting options? Was it because there was a perceived lack of ownership so they bought the games elsewhere?

    It’s kind of an interesting omen that this happens just before Apple launches their Arcade offering. I have a feeling that people will be enticed by the promise of lots of “free” games but will go back to the old familiars in the end.

    • This probably happened because people were worried this would happen. Results like this are exactly why I do not support subscription services in the first place.

  • The future of games as a service, they’ll disappear regardless of it you pay for them directly or not. People who jump on services like Stadia are going to find this out the HARD way, going to be hilarious!

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