Steam Alternatives

    Steam is described as 'digital distribution, digital rights management, multiplayer and communications platform developed by Valve Corporation' and is one of the leading apps in the Gaming Software category. There are more than 50 alternatives to Steam for a variety of platforms, including the Web, Windows, Linux, Mac and Android. The best alternative is GOG.com, which is free. Other great apps like Steam are Humble Bundle (Paid), itch.io (Free, Open Source), Epic Games Store (Free) and Lutris (Free, Open Source).

    The list of alternatives was last updated May 9, 2021

    • 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. View 49 alternatives to GOG.com
      Almost everyone thinks GOG.com is a great alternative to Steam.
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      GOG.com vs Steam
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      you own your games for real and there is better quality control.
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

      stardust_will DRM Free games, that's already a lot!
      Top positive comment  almost 2 years ago

      somegirlfromit GOG offers the exact same software you get on Steam... except bundled with mystery software that you can't opt out of.
      Top negative comment  over 1 year ago

      s20 The curated content means that there's significantly less absolute crap than you'll find on Steam. DRM free means no DRM treating you like a pirate when you're just trying to play the game you bought. I love GoG Galaxy 2.0 as a launcher, since it can also add in games from other services, although I am sad that there's no native Linux client yet. Overall, just great stuff.
      Positive comment 5 months ago

      cd projekt red. Good consumer practices, no drm, ethical threatment of developers
      Positive comment 6 months ago

      GOG is a store where you actually buy game, while Steam is a store where you rent game, most people sadly don't know that and think they own their Steam game. GOG cares about game, Steam cares about copyright and money.
      Positive comment 10 months ago

      knoeien_met_strooi Having the standard of only selling DRM free products is great. Also I believe many older games have been made compatible with modern OS's because the efforts and funds of gog, which is an effort I very much appreciate.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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    • Buy a bundle of games, you decide the price, and support charity in the process. Each game is normally DRM-free and runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux! View 23 alternatives to Humble Bundle
      Most users think Humble Bundle is a great alternative to Steam.
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      Humble Bundle vs Steam
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      Cheap drm-free games. also for charity.
      Top positive comment  about 4 years ago

      imh1kiko Not only is there sales for games, but also books and software. And if you keep an eye out, you can get a lot of games for dirt-cheap. Usually upon buying games, you get key for them. There are exceptions, where you have to download, or can download additional content. You can also freely choose how much of the money goes to the charity, devs etc.
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

      andrewpetz Humble Bundle is not a platform to play games like Steam, it is only a platform to buy them.
      Top negative comment  over 3 years ago

      tvgoing1 humble bundle requires steam and other stores websites, i do not think its an alternative to steam or other platforms that sell games/software.
      Negative comment 3 months ago

      somegirlfromit Be careful when purchasing - vendors can choose to either sell DRM-free copies (most common), Steam keys (also common), or keys for other less common platforms (uPlay, Origin, Battle.net, and proprietary vendor launchers among them).
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      Just a games distributor, mainly sells steam keys
      Negative comment almost 3 years ago



    • An online game marketplace and community. Also an app which manages downloading and updating of games acquired through the website. View 36 alternatives to itch.io
      Almost everyone thinks itch.io is a great alternative to Steam.
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      itch.io vs Steam
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      Quite possibly the best place available to lose an afternoon digging through both free and paid indie games ever since Desura kicked the bucket.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

      Lots of free and paid games and most don't require installers so you don't need admin.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

      thebenmix11 In my experience, it's one of the few that are both user-friendly and developer-friendly at the same time.
      Positive comment 8 months ago

      somegirlfromit A bunch of unvetted shovelware titles, many of which have only minutes of gameplay if that
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

    • Computer game storefront that gives 88% of revenue to developers. View 25 alternatives to Epic Games Store
      This alternative is disputed. Epic Games Store is still a legitimate alternative to Steam, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
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      Epic Games Store vs Steam
      pros, cons and recent comments
      s20 While it has a ways to go UI and UX-wise, the Epic store has a good game selection, is significantly more picky than Steam's We'll Take Anything attitude that leads to boatloads of crapware, and does a better job of supporting developers. Sure, it's a front for aa huge corporation, but it's not like Steam is much better.
      Positive comment 5 months ago

      braky Epic Games forces games (not all) who were announced to release on other distribution platforms to release exclusively on their storefront.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

      pasha88pas Good bye Steam Hello EGS!
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      wusteldru Great alternative to Steam, as paying out more revenue to developers.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

    • 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. View 35 alternatives to Lutris
      Almost everyone thinks Lutris is a great alternative to Steam.
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      Lutris vs Steam
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      ab1 Many Installers are broken and users are welcomed to guess which and how... Mix of minefield and junkyard in practice. Just save your time.
      Negative comment 5 months ago

    • Origin is your new digital playground. It’s where you go to find the best that EA has to offer. View 45 alternatives to Origin
      Some users think Origin is a great alternative to Steam, some don't.
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      Origin vs Steam
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      IGotNoExp it costs very little (£20) for a year pass on origin, the year pass gives you a lot of EA games and 10% off any purchases in-game. It also has very clean UI. Overall a great service.
      Top positive comment  9 months ago

      It has game that Steam hasn't
      Top positive comment  almost 4 years ago

      shelehovchanin Small library of games. Uncomfortable chat. Extra launcher, which is only needed for EA, not to pay third-party companies for promotion.
      Top negative comment  about 2 years ago

      somegirlfromit Even years later, Origin just isn't a good software manager, with installations often breaking and needing to be reinstalled from a known good state, occasionally destroying folders unrelated to Origin, frequent remote code exploits, and credit card leaks.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

      It's just not Steam. Honestly at this point in time using any other method is better than using Steam.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

    • 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. View 18 alternatives to Playnite
      Most users think Playnite is a great alternative to Steam.
    • Ubisoft Connect (before Uplay) is Ubisoft's PC games portal, where you can find all your games on PC. View 23 alternatives to Ubisoft Connect
      Most users think Ubisoft Connect is a great alternative to Steam.
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      Ubisoft Connect vs Steam
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      somegirlfromit Almost purely used for the Ubisoft catalog (Assassin's Creed, Far Cry, etc.) but a much tighter offering than it was when it launched in 2009.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

    • 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. View 17 alternatives to Game Jolt
      Most users think Game Jolt is a great alternative to Steam.
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      Game Jolt vs Steam
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      sparkydev Most of indie titles are born here before going to steam
      Positive comment 3 months ago

    • The desktop app for Battle.net is designed to improve your launcher experience. It'll also streamline your ability to play Blizzard games!. View 15 alternatives to Battle.net App
      Most users think Battle.net App is a great alternative to Steam.
      • FreeProprietary
      • Mac
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