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Game Launchers

Many game storefronts also provide software to help consolidate and easily manage large game libraries. Software like, Steam, Origin, and Good Old Games Galaxy provides both a shop for games as well as easy management of game installs and updates. Other apps, such as Playnite, consolidates the libraries of all of these game launchers to become a sort of “meta launcher”.

  1. Steam is a digital distribution, digital rights management, multiplayer and communications platform developed by Valve Corporation.
  2. Lutris is an open source gaming platform for GNU/Linux. It allows you to gather and manage (install, configure and launch) all your games acquired from any source, in a single interface.


  3. The gaming Client designed for a convenient purchasing, playing and updating DRM-free games, as well as an online play between gaming platforms, GOG GALAXY is also built with optionality in mind, and a belief that you should own the games you...
  4. Video game library manager and launcher with support for 3rd party libraries like Steam, GOG, Origin and Uplay, providing one unified interface for your games.
  5. The Epic Games store is now open, featuring games from other developers. Epic's goal is to bring you great games, and to give game developers a better deal: they receive 88% of the money you spend, versus only 70% elsewhere.
  6. Ubisoft Connect (before Uplay) is Ubisoft's PC games portal, where you can find all your games on PC.
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    • Android
    • Raspberry Pi
    Pegasus is a graphical frontend for browsing your game library (especially retro games) and launching them from one place. It's focusing on customizability, cross platform support (including embedded devices) and high performance.
  7. LaunchBox was originally built as an attractive frontend to DOSBox, but has since expanded to support both modern PC games and emulated console platforms.
  8. A front-end or user interface (UI) is the presentation and interaction layer of an app or website. Most modern emulator apps have basic game list UIs that you can interact with using a mouse/keyboard but not a game controller.
  9. Heroic is an Open Source Game Launcher for Linux, Windows (Beta) and MacOS (Limited to Windows games using Wine/Crossover). Right now it supports launching games from the Epic Games Store using Legendary, a CLI alternative to launch epic games.
  10. The Rockstar Games Launcher is a new Windows desktop application that allows you to quickly and easily access your Rockstar Games PC collection in a single place, across both digital and disc-based titles including ones purchased from various other digital stores.
  11. Games is a GNOME 3 application to browse your video games library and to easily pick and play a game from it. It aims to do for games what Music already does for your music library.
  12. A slick Windows game manager, which automatically scans and scraps games from Steam (installed or not), Origin, Battle.net, GoG.com and UPlay. It also monitors your play time and allows some automatization like power management and custom commands.

    Discontinued

    The app was discontinued on June 30, 2019. https://gameroom.me/gameroom-discontinued-but-going-open-source

    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • Android TV
    ARC Browser is a rom collection browser and emulator frontend that maintains a database of all your games, presented in a user friendly way, and let's you play them using your favorite emulators.
  13. Spark Console is a cross-distributors PC Gaming client. It can automatically scan and import all all installed games on your computer from other clients.