Alternatives to Steam for all platforms with any license

  • GOG.com icon

    GOG.com

    GOG.com (Good Old Games) sells classic PC games through their download service at a low price, without DRM, and updated to run on the latest versions of Windows and other systems.

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud

    • Lack of DRMs, no requirements to stay online during playing, offline installers that you can keep forever, and they let you specify any target location for game files. You are legally allowed to redownload and install all games on unlimited number of computers in your household. Optional Steam-like client is available.
      AtoshiDec 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • Desura icon

    Desura

    Desura is a digital distribution service for gamers, putting the best games, mods and downloadable content at your fingertips and ready to play.

    Open Source Windows Linux

    • Discontinued This Project isn't mentioned now for longer than a Year. The Admin want to sell the copyrights. Project is actually Stopped.
    • It's on a much smaller scale than Steam, however Desura still distributes digital copies of games and has the main features of Steam.
      SiNeveshJan 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • Origin icon

    Origin

    Origin is your new digital playground. It’s where you go to find the best that EA has to offer.

    Commercial Mac Windows Web / Cloud

  • itch.io icon

    itch.io

    An online game marketplace and community. Also an app which manages downloading and updating of games acquired through the website.

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud

    • Quite possibly the best place available to lose an afternoon digging through both free and paid indie games ever since Desura kicked the bucket.
      Guest • Oct 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • GOG Galaxy icon

    GOG Galaxy

    GOG Galaxy is a game client that allows everyone to play. Optional client, freedom of choice and cross-play.

    Free Mac Windows

  • Uplay icon

    Uplay

    Uplay is the game client for Ubisoft.

    Free Windows

  • Lutris icon

    Lutris

    Lutris is an open gaming platform for Linux. It helps you install and manage your games in a unified interface. Our goal is to support every game which runs on Linux, from native to Windows games (via Wine) to emulators and browser...

    Open Source Linux

  • Game Jolt icon

    Game Jolt

    Game Jolt, where all the best free Indie Games are at! Browse through thousands of free Indie Games ready for you to play. This is Indie.

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud

  • Google Play Games icon

    Google Play Games

    Games get more fun with the Google Play Games app. Compete with friends, track your achievements and pick up wherever you left off, on any of your devices. As you master more games across Google Play, show off your skills in your...

    Free Android Android Tablet

    • Steam is computer games store and Google Play Games is for mobile games
      Guest • Nov 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • Battle.net App icon

    Battle.net App

    The desktop app for Battle.net is designed to improve your launcher experience. It'll also streamline your ability to play Blizzard games!.

    Free Mac Windows

  • Green Man Gaming icon

    Green Man Gaming

    A digital distributor for video games.

    Commercial Web / Cloud

    • The Steam Client provides more functionality than Green Man Gaming's website. Green Man Gaming even uses Steam keys when selling products.
      Guest • Jan 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    GamersGate

    Buy and download games instantly for PC and Mac. GamersGate is the leading digital distribution platform for PC and Mac games creating easily accessible gaming experiences for gamers worldwide – anytime, anywhere. Offering a...

    Commercial Web / Cloud

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    Bundle stars

    Buy awesome games. Pay a fraction of the retail price! Every week we bring you a spectacular new Steam game bundle, saving up to 97% off the normal retail price! Hurry though, each bundle is only available for a limited time. We...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

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    Gametionary

    Gametionary is a multi-platform video game search and recommendation engine. It's primary goal is to connect users to games they would actually like to play. This has been proven difficult in the current, oversaturated market....

    Free Personal Web / Cloud

  • Game Center icon

    Game Center

    Game Center brings social gaming to OS X and iOS apps. With the Game Center app, you can play against friends and unknown foes anywhere in the world. Invite someone to join, then get a game going. Or go up against people you don't...

    Free Mac iPhone iPad

    • Game Center is an apple ecosystem-exclusive and mobile game system. Steam is more for desktop.
      Guest • Oct 2015 Disagree   Agree
  • GameFly Digital Download Client icon

    GameFly Digital Download Client

    Access to a large, and growing, library of purchasable games as well as hundreds of free-to-play games for GameFly subscribers under "Unlimited PC Play"

    Free Mac Windows

  • GameStreamer icon

    GameStreamer

    Connection people and games anywhere.

    Commercial Windows Web / Cloud

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  • Sila Games icon

    Sila Games

    Sila Games is a digital distribution platform for PC and Mac games. You can find lots of deals every week in some of the best games from 2K, Paradox, Nordic, Atari, SEGA, Daedalic and much more.

    Free Mac Windows Linux

  • Aurora Game Hub icon

    Aurora Game Hub

    Manage, play and experience your PC Game Library in one slick desktop application.

    Open Source Mac Windows

  • FreeOnlineGames icon

    FreeOnlineGames

    Play Free Online Games, fun games, puzzle games, action games, sports games, and more... Play on PC or Smartphone!.

    Free Web / Cloud

  • DJL icon

    DJL

    Djl is an open-source (GPL licensed) game manager written in Python 2.5 for the GNU/Linux Operating Systems. It is inspired by Valves Steam software for Windows.

    Open Source Linux

    • Discontinued The official website is no longer available. Last version, 1.2.20, released on October 2009, can be still downloaded from Launchpad.
  • Enhanced Steam icon

    Enhanced Steam

    A Chrome and Firefox browser extension that enhances the Steam storefront with all kinds of extra information including price comparisons to other online retailers and the games historically lowest price.

    Free Mac Windows Linux Chrome OS Chrome Steam Firefox

  • Arc icon

    Arc

    Arc brings your favorite games, communities, media and entertainment together onto one easy-to-use platform

    Free Windows Web / Cloud

  • Old-Games

    Over 9000 classic PC and Amiga games to download, reviews, screenshots, utilities.

    Free Web / Cloud

  • Splitplay icon

    Splitplay

    At Splitplay you can get the best independent games of the Brazilian market and Latin America.

    Commercial Web / Cloud

  • Direct2Drive icon

    Direct2Drive

    Get Full Version PC Game Downloads - Why drive to the store or wait for shipping when you can download games straight to your PC now at D2D!

    Commercial Web / Cloud

  • Photon Game Manager icon

    Photon Game Manager

    Photon is an advanced game launcher that is designed to make your game collection look amazing.

    Freemium Windows Linux

  • ShinyLoot icon

    ShinyLoot

    ShinyLoot is an independently developed web-based, game distribution service. The store combines hybrid DRM-free downloads with Steam keys, search filters with over 180 individual game features, equal PC/Mac/Linux support, and an...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

  • FireFlower Games icon

    FireFlower Games

    FireFlower Games sells DRM-free games for Windows, Linux and Mac for direct download. We focus on indie games and our aim is to bring you games that are entertaining, nice-looking and innovative with a touch of sci-fi. We strive to...

    Free Web / Cloud

  • DotEmu icon

    DotEmu

    DotEmu offers DRM-free classic PC games like Raptor, Moto Racer, Gobliiins, Broken Sword, Commandos and more classic retro games for cheap. Most games are offered in multi-language flavor, which makes them a great GoG alternative.

    Commercial Windows

  • Get Games icon

    Get Games

    Buy and download quality PC games at great prices, with fast downloads and no subscriptions.

    Commercial Web / Cloud

    • Discontinued Get Games is Discontinued. Very little recent activity.
  • Voobly icon

    Voobly

    Voobly is an online gaming client that comes with a social environment built in similar to Facebook. Voobly is an easy to use system which requires no more than a few and simple steps to start playing your favorite games online in a...

    Free Windows

  • Shockwave icon

    Shockwave

    Shockwave.com is the ultimate destination for free online games, free download games, and more! This is your chance to play games 24-7, with a ton of great categories to choose from. Best of all, Shockwave.com is updated daily, making...

    Freemium Web / Cloud

Steam Comments

very good platform for multiplayer gaming

Positive Comment by alanwong
about Steam Dec 2016

I play CSgo and dota on steam. it is a very good platform for multiplayer gaming with good communication features and also has no advertisements. there are a few good games too but also, there are many sales for the paid games.

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BEST FOR GAMERS.

Positive Comment by charliezo
about Steam and Google Play Games, Origin Nov 2016

This is the perfect platform for multiplayer and communication. Does not lag, no ads, no trolls and only gaming. Always be notified for the sales because there are frequent sales and gives a very good price for buying games. Origin or Google Play Games is nothing compared to this.

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just dota -1 Helpful

Comment by maurokeita95
about Steam Sep 2016

I´m only using steam for dota and its great, but there are not other good free games in the program and that sucks.

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30 seconds to hate -2 Helpful

Negative Comment by GordonNelson
about Steam Oct 2015

Playing only Dota and humblebundle games. Hate steam, really.

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Improvements -2 Helpful

Positive Comment by supper8
about Steam Jul 2015

Can it be used as a repository for all my games (eg including GOG etc)?

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Success story. -3 Helpful

Positive Comment by bullebizarre
about Steam Aug 2014

First I hated it. Then it got better. Now I love it.

applause

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Just go into this

Positive Comment by impossible
about Steam Aug 2013

My friends use this and I started using it as well. It makes sense you have your friends list, the games, the invites, etc. There are good deals on games. Can't complain

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Love the Big Picture mode

Comment by DanMan
about Steam Jul 2013

Big Picture

It's like the dashboards on PS3 or XBox360 and let's you start programs through a nice interface from your couch with your game pad (among other things). I've never really liked Steam, but that feature is awesome.

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love steam games! -1 Helpful

Positive Comment by Joseph864
about Steam May 2013

probably my favorite engine for video games, i play old classics such as counter strike! ENGINE FOR THE WIN!

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Gives buying and playing games a whole new experience

Positive Comment by harveyV
about Steam May 2013

Using Steam took the gaming experience to a whole new level. It made buying games much more easier and cheaper.

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The deals makes gaming affordable again, which is the main ...

Comment by SaltyMarshmellow
about Steam Jun 2011

The deals makes gaming affordable again, which is the main reason I like it. Also I have had to buy Diablo 2 about 3 times now, and this takes care of things like that for me.

Also, the community aspect has come a long way, and you can now host and share videos, screenshots etc. through Steam.

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Steam has become THE Standard in digital distribution, and ... -1 Helpful

Comment by Kissaki
about Steam Jun 2011

Steam has become THE Standard in digital distribution, and that is because of good management. The service itself is free, has a good community integration with profiles, chat and voice-chat, groups, recommendations, and more. Also provides development framework for steam integration to developers resulting in games using the steam community, achievements, cloud storing of settings and save-games, server browsing.
The only drawback is: Steam is DRM. A game bound to your account will be bound to it, permanently. You can play games offline and deny updating, but you’ll probably stay online and up-to-date with its nice auto-updating.
Valves (creator of steam) distribution policy is not too coplex and not unfair allowing for publishers and indie companies to publish their games in fair terms. For the users there have been and will be an infinite amount of weekend deals and Summer and Winter-deals where you can buy countless games for a hell of a price.

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The last time I tried Steam was when I got the Orange box t ...

Comment by Aaron
about Steam Jun 2011

The last time I tried Steam was when I got the Orange box to play Portal, but I had to install Steam. The problem is that you CANNOT play the games offline. You have to login into steam online, and pick your game from that and then you can play your game. I prefer games that I can play offline, because usually when I want to play I am not online.

Now maybe this has changed in newer releases but I don't think it has. So if there is a way to play the games offline, I would love to know how?? Otherwise I try to avoid any steam based games, and just get games that I can play ANYTIME I want. I have the old version of Halflife 1 which was not a steam based game. So I enjoy the fact that I can play it anytime.

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May have to update this soon, as Steam is coming to the Mac ...

Comment by gavomatic57
about Steam Jun 2011

May have to update this soon, as Steam is coming to the Mac on 12th May http://store.steampowered.com/news/3569/ and rumour has it, Linux as well http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=steam_linux_script&num=1

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