Games for Windows LIVE Alternatives

    Games for Windows LIVE is described as 'The free online Windows gaming service that makes great games even better and connects you with your friends across Windows and Xbox 360: Join a community with over 20'. There are nine alternatives to Games for Windows LIVE for a variety of platforms, including the Web, Windows, Linux, Mac and Android. The best alternative is Steam, which is free. Other great apps like Games for Windows LIVE are Desura (Free), Green Man Gaming (Paid), GameFly Digital Download Client (Free) and DJL (Free, Open Source).

    The list of alternatives was last updated Feb 4, 2014

    • Steam is a digital distribution, digital rights management, multiplayer and communications platform developed by Valve Corporation.
    • Desura is a digital distribution service for gamers, putting the best games, mods and downloadable content at your fingertips and ready to play.

      Discontinued

      Desura was shut down a couple years ago.

      • Free
      • Windows
      • Linux


    • Green Man Gaming is a global, multiplatform online videogame store.
    • 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"
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      • Free
      • Mac
      • Windows
    • 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...

      Discontinued

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

      • Free • Open Source
      • Linux
    • ShinyLoot is an independently developed web-based, game distribution service.

      Discontinued

      Website/service unavailable.

      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
    • FireFlower Games sells DRM-free games for Windows, Linux and Mac for direct download.
      • Free
      • Online
    • Buy and download quality PC games at great prices, with fast downloads and no subscriptions.

      Discontinued

      Get Games is Discontinued. Very little recent activity.

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      • Online
    • CJS CD Keys, has been around since November 2009 and has since grown to become one of the largest CD Key stores online today, offering genuine and brand new activation codes for...
      • Free
      • Online