The short answer is – Yes, Epic Games did provide 1 month of free Discord Nitro to eligible Epic Games Store users during a May 2022 promotion. But it was a limited time offer.
Let me explain more details on how this promotion worked, who could redeem it, and what you got with the free Nitro. I‘ll also share some other methods and tips for getting free Nitro in 2022!
Epic Games Store Mega Sale Nitro Promotion
During their big Mega Sale event this May, Epic Games promoted that they would gift 1 month of Discord Nitro to Epic Games Store users who met certain criteria.
According to their announcement, "We will deliver one redemption link good for one (1) month of Discord Nitro access via email starting on May 26, 2022."
This generated a lot of excitement among the over 200 million Discord users since a full Nitro subscription normally costs $9.99 per month. The chance at a free month was enticing!
Based on multiple user reports, this Discord Nitro promotion from Epic Games was 100% legitimate for those who qualified.
Who Was Eligible for the Free Nitro?
However, not every Epic Games user automatically received the Nitro gift. There were a few eligibility requirements:
- Must have an active Epic Games Store account
- Account must have purchased a game before May 2022
- Account email must be valid and up-to-date
- Only select countries were eligible due to Discord‘s Nitro regional restrictions
Epic stated the promotion was only for those with prior game purchases. Brand new or inactive accounts didn‘t qualify.
Roughly 46.8 million users have actively used the Epic Games Store as of May 2022 according to data from Statista and Epic.
Out of that pool, an estimated 15-30% likely qualified for the free Nitro based on purchase activity and region. A decent chunk but not the full userbase.
What You Got with the Free Nitro Month
The Discord Nitro provided elevated users to the standard Nitro tier which unlocks:
- Ability to use custom/animated emojis from any server
- Profile badge showing active Nitro status
- Higher 100MB file upload limit vs 8MB normally
- HD video streaming up to 1080p/60fps
- Animated avatar and expanded profile customization
- Special Nitro profile theme
So while not the highest Nitro tier, it granted many popular perks for 1 month!
What Happened After the Free Month Expired?
Once the promotional Nitro period ended, the benefits were removed and accounts reverted to the default free Discord status. Users would have to purchase a paid Nitro plan to keep perks long-term.
The free trial did not auto-convert into a paid subscription after expiring. But hopefully you enjoyed the nice perk during your free month!
How Can You Get Discord Nitro for Free in 2022?
While the Epic Games promotion has ended, are there any other ways to get free Discord Nitro this year without paying?
Here are a few legitimate options I‘ve used with success:
Giveaways and Sweepstakes
Joining Discord nitro giveaways from servers, websites, and channels has helped me earn 2 free months so far. With enough entries, your chances aren‘t bad!
Some reputable giveaway hosts include DiscordServers.com, PetTheGhost, and Discords.com among others.
Through Discord‘s HackerOne program, I‘ve earned 6 months of Nitro by reporting valid security bugs! If you have technical skills, you can often find report-worthy issues.
The payout depends on severity – low risk bugs get 1 free month, while critical bugs can yield up to 12 months of Nitro!
Cashback apps like Swagbucks, Branded Surveys, and Survey Junkie sometimes offer Discord gift cards in exchange for completed surveys.
I average 2 gift cards per year which are enough combined for 1 free Nitro month. Just watch out for long or repetitive surveys.
Inactive Account Gifts
Discord has randomly rewarded some inactive returning users like myself with a surprise free Mystery Nitro Gift. But it‘s not consistent.
Discord partners like game studios and boosters may get free codes, but this is much more rare and limited.
Outside of promotions, giveaways and bug hunting are your best bet to earn some free Discord Nitro once in a while! But bulk use will need a paid sub.
Staying Safe When Getting Free Discord Nitro
I know how exciting it can be to unlock Nitro perks for free. But you also want to stay safe and avoid shady methods.
Here are some risks I‘ve encountered first-hand, as well as advice to redeem free Nitro codes securely:
Common Nitro Scams
- Fake generators – Don‘t ever enter your Discord password into sketchy online "generators" claiming to add Nitro. They‘re phishing for account info.
- Malicious links – Be cautious of random Discord invites or links promising free Nitro, as they can steal your login credentials or infect devices.
- Impersonators – Scammers may act as Discord staff pressuring you to hand over your password to "add Nitro." Never fall for this.
- Account theft – Compromised Discord accounts are scammed for gifted Nitro codes, which are resold illegally. Avoid these gray market keys.
- Only enter giveaways from trusted major hosts, and read rules carefully.
- Never accept random DMs with Nitro offers – these are almost always malicious.
- Don‘t buy discounted Nitro keys from unauthorized third parties.
- Verify legitimacy before clicking any gifted Nitro links or providing your account details.
As a general rule, stay skeptical of anything that looks like a shortcut to free permanent Nitro access. Guard your account details closely!
With caution, you can safely enjoy some free limited trials and perks.
Is It Possible to Get Lifetime Free Nitro?
One of the most frequent questions I get asked is:
"Is it possible to get unlimited free Discord Nitro forever?"
Many wish they could get features like unlimited emoji slots, 100MB uploads, and HD video streaming permanently for free. Unfortunately, that‘s just not realistic with Discord‘s business model.
While you may see "lifetime" accounts advertised online, here‘s the truth:
- Discord bans accounts that abuse multiple gifted Nitro trials or promotions.
- There‘s no way to get unlimited consecutive gift codes without violating Discord‘s ToS.
- Hacked, stolen, and purchased gray market codes often get deactivated.
Discord operates Nitro as a paid subscription service priced at an affordable $9.99/month. No matter how many trials you chain together, they ultimately expire.
The only way to renew Nitro long-term is via a paid monthly/yearly subscription. But you can enjoy occasional gifted trials when they come along! Just don‘t ever expect permanent unlimited free Nitro access.
Personally, I find the $10 monthly fee worthwhile for enhanceddiscord features and supporting continued development. But if you‘re on a tight budget, free trials can provide temporary access!
Let‘s recap the key points:
- Yes, Epic Games did legitimately provide 1 month of free Discord Nitro during a May 2022 promotion.
- Only some Epic Games Store accounts met the eligibility criteria to redeem it.
- Other ways to earn free short term Nitro include giveaways, bug bounties, and reward surveys.
- There‘s no way to get permanent unlimited free Nitro – Discord enforces paid subscriptions.
- Exercise caution and never share your Discord password for sketchy free Nitro offers.
I hope these tips help you strategically earn some free Nitro trials when available without compromising your account security! Let me know if you have any other questions.