As you might’ve guessed from the title, this isn’t going to be an easy announcement for us. It’s certainly something we never expected we’d be doing, but we’ve made the following decision in order to be able to focus 100% on something we’re incredibly excited about.
Since the very beginning, we set out to make a change; impact game discovery by surfacing great discounted games with the help of content creators. As many of you know, after three years of just doing daily deals, we began experimenting with different models like Creator Stores, personalized game stores for content creators that you’ve probably seen linked in Chrono’s header and in multiple threads scattered about.
After working on Creator Stores throughout 2019, we realized just how much a difference they could make. With that realization, we began building a new platform from the ground up and designed to scale. We call it Nexus. Nexus is the ultimate form of Creator Stores and the natural evolution of our original mission; not only improving game discoverability, but also letting creators in on the value they create by playing and recommending games to their audiences. Nexus is in closed beta right now, but we’ve already begun to onboard creators who are building their own Nexuses and seeing some amazing success.
Unfortunately, that success comes at the cost of requiring a lot more of our time and resources, and this means that we haven’t been able to dedicate the attention to Chrono.gg that it deserves. After a lot of careful consideration, we’ve made the incredibly difficult decision to close down Chrono.gg later this month.
Ultimately, we had to choose between supporting Chrono.gg or empowering more creators to make a living from playing games they love. Daily deals are something we loved doing; getting a new game out there in front of people at a discount has definitely done a lot to expand people’s libraries, and that’s super rad, but we don’t think it’s something we can spend only half our time on and do a job worthy of our customers. If we want to reach the full potential of Nexus we have to direct all our focus to it. Trying to split our attention between Nexus and Chrono is only making both platforms worse off. This is not something that we’re thrilled we have to do, but we know it’s the best path forward.
With all of that being said, here’s what you can expect over the next couple of weeks:
- Our last sale will be October 29th at 9am Pacific and will end on October 30th at 9am Pacific.
- After the final sale has ended, Chrono.gg will have a new look. All accounts will remain active until April 30, 2021 after which point all previously purchased keys will be emailed to the account holder.
- This community will live on! We’ll continue hosting the forum so if y’all want you can continue chatting here as per usual.
- Our Discord will go through a couple changes, but it’s not going away!. It’ll be repurposed for Nexus, but the general community channel will remain as is.
From the entire Chrono-now-Nexus team, please, seriously know that your support over the years has been immeasurable. We wouldn’t be here if we didn’t have y’alls support. Thank you, and we hope we’ll still see you around.
The Chrono Staff