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Discord announce a 90/10 revenue split, Discord Store will support Linux

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You will be forgiven for not paying much attention to the Discord Store, since it doesn't currently support Linux. It seems that is going to change and they've announce a pretty small cut compared to the competition.

Firstly, today the Discord team announced in a new blog post that starting in 2019 they will only take a 10% cut from developers. Considering Valve still take 30% unless you earn a lot of money and even the Epic Store will take 12% that might help quite a bit. Not only that, Discord do have a pretty large pull considering they're already the go-to application for a lot of people to chat, even game developers and publishers have moved over in large numbers to have their community on Discord. I wouldn't underestimate them if they keep pushing it.

Sadly though, the Discord Store currently only supports Windows but that will change. According to one of their team on Reddit, who said this:

Good news! Everything we built for the store actually works great on macOS and Linux. A lot of our devs use those platforms internally. We just wanted to focus on releasing Windows first to make sure everything works, and to be honest thats where most of our users are. We will definitely bring things to all platforms!

Usually, when replying to questions about other platforms you get some kind of vague response but that's pretty darn clear. As always though, we will believe it when we see it. Words are nice, actions are better. We will be keeping an eye on it though for sure.

Considering their chat client already works rather nicely on Linux, the Discord Store could be one to watch as well. While they don't technically do fully exclusive games, they do have timed exclusives and so eventually we may get in on the action for those too.

Ps. Use Discord? Come join our very own server.

Hat tip to Jens.

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Samsai 15 Dec, 2018
Quoting: kuhpunkt
Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: kuhpunktAnd the downward spiral continues.
Uh, of who?

Of companies. They will try to beat each other with lower and lower cuts. At some point they will have to operate at a loss. I have no insider-information or anything like that, but 10% isn't much. At what point won't they make any kind of profit anymore? And then what? How will get earn their bucks? Selling user data? I mean in this case and the Epic Store Tencent is involved.
Or maybe people like Valve have been taking way more than they needed to and this race to the bottom is just capitalism working for a change?

I find it somewhat mind-boggling that distribution platforms taking smaller cuts is seen as some kind of an evil. I am quite willing to bet that these services will not be operating at a loss, at least not for long, and I have complete faith in these companies abusing and selling user data regardless of their profit margins.
Doc Angelo 15 Dec, 2018
Quoting: SamsaiI find it somewhat mind-boggling that distribution platforms taking smaller cuts is seen as some kind of an evil.

For me, it isn't the cut itself that's evil. As long as all sides have something to gain, it's fine. What's evil is that both Epic and Discord are going for (timed) exclusives.


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Samsai 15 Dec, 2018
Quoting: Doc Angelo
Quoting: SamsaiI find it somewhat mind-boggling that distribution platforms taking smaller cuts is seen as some kind of an evil.

For me, it isn't the cut itself that's evil. As long as all sides have something to gain, it's fine. What's evil is that both Epic and Discord are going for (timed) exclusives.
I didn't say anything about exclusivity. I personally don't care for it either nor do I intend to buy any games from Discord. I was addressing a very specific argument about cuts.
kuhpunkt 15 Dec, 2018
Quoting: SamsaiOr maybe people like Valve have been taking way more than they needed to and this race to the bottom is just capitalism working for a change?

Nowhere did I say that Valve couldn't afford taking a smaller cut or anything - but there's got to be a line that's fair to all parties: Valve, the game developers and the customers. No one is independent of each other here.

Quoting: SamsaiI find it somewhat mind-boggling that distribution platforms taking smaller cuts is seen as some kind of an evil.

As I said: there's a line. Capitalism isn't the best thing in the world, because it will eventually hit you, too.
Doc Angelo 15 Dec, 2018
Quoting: SamsaiI didn't say anything about exclusivity.

I know. I just added my thoughts on why there is quite some reluctance for the new stores.
Samsai 15 Dec, 2018
Quoting: kuhpunktNowhere did I say that Valve couldn't afford taking a smaller cut or anything - but there's got to be a line that's fair to all parties: Valve, the game developers and the customers. No one is independent of each other here.
Alright, why is 10% below that line? You yourself called it a downward spiral implying that the line is being crossed. Also, I would like you to explain why you think these services would operate at a loss even if there is absolutely no way for them to maintain that kind of a margin. I mean, it might work in the short term to draw people in but then there would be backlash when the cuts go up, so to me that move would make little sense.

Quoting: kuhpunktAs I said: there's a line. Capitalism isn't the best thing in the world, because it will eventually hit you, too.
Quoteand this race to the bottom is just capitalism working for a change?
kuhpunkt 15 Dec, 2018
Quoting: SamsaiAlright, why is 10% below that line? You yourself called it a downward spiral implying that the line is being crossed.

I said that I have no insider-information and that they will have to operate at a loss AT SOME POINT. I don't know where the line is, but a downward spiral means that this will go on... and IF this will go on and other stores are forced to operate with an even lower cut the line will be crossed.

Quoting: SamsaiAlso, I would like you to explain why you think these services would operate at a loss even if there is absolutely no way for them to maintain that kind of a margin. I mean, it might work in the short term to draw people in but then there would be backlash when the cuts go up, so to me that move would make little sense.

That's what I'm saying. If a game is sold for 5$... they just take 50 cents. For those 50 cents they have to pay transfer fees, hosting, support, traffic and whatever goes into the whole distribution. How much profit will they make off that? I doubt it will be really worth it.

Quoteand this race to the bottom is just capitalism working for a change?
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Hmm? Not every change is good.
Userwithaname 15 Dec, 2018
This is something that I'll probably never use, but it's nice that they're supporting Linux now.
seven 15 Dec, 2018
i hate discord, i really do.
each time i try too login or if someone invites me i get the message that my email account is already claimed (which is true, i already have discord accounts, but why can't they just put those accounts together somehow)
Doc Angelo 15 Dec, 2018
Quoting: UserwithanameThis is something that I'll probably never use, but it's nice that they're supporting Linux now.

They currently don't support Linux, they plan to do it. Also, they use the famous last words of a multiplatform developer:

QuoteWe just wanted to focus on releasing Windows first to make sure everything works
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