Alternatives to Steam for all platforms with any license

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    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...

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web

    • 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 • 4 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Separate installers for multiple computers, GOG galaxy app is more UI friendly, games are patched to work with modern OSes unlike steam which requires you to figure it out for the end user and can take hours. Guest • Jul 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
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    Humble Bundle

    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!

    Commercial $ $ $ Mac Windows Linux Web Android Android Tablet

    • Humble Bundle is not a platform to play games like Steam, it is only a platform to buy them. andrewpetz5 days ago Disagree   Agree
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    GOG Galaxy

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

    Free Mac Windows

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    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 Android Android Tablet

  • 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.

    Free Windows Linux

    • 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 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees 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.

    Free Mac Windows Web

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  • Lutris icon

    Lutris

    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...

    Free Open Source Linux Steam MS-DOS

  • Bundle stars icon

    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!...

    Commercial Mac Windows 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

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    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...

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux Chrome OS Microsoft Edge Chrome Steam Opera ... Firefox

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  • Old-Games

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

    Free Web

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Steam Comments

Love the Big Picture mode

Comment by DanMan
about Steam · Jul 2013 · Helpful Not helpful

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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Linux version of steam

Comment by MisteRibi
about Steam · Nov 2011 · Helpful Not helpful

On the page, I can read that steam are on windows mac & linux, but I can't find the linux versions anywhere o.O Can you help me to find it please :D

There's no native Linux version of Steam, but here are a few methods that you can use to get Steam running anyways.

It is now :)

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Comment by SaltyMarshmellow
about Steam · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful

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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Comment by Aaron
about Steam · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful

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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Comment by gavomatic57
about Steam · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful

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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Comment by Alcedema
about Steam · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful

This is amazing! Gone are the days of visiting shops for games, trawling maker's sites for updates etc. They are always releasing bug fixes. Only wish this was separate from Valve (game maker) and therefore could be used by more than just game distributers (all-in-one and one-for-all programme distribution system anyone?)

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Comment by Elvar
about Steam · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful

The best way for game delivering software.

Sadly the client has some problems sometimes. Every once in a while I just cant connect to steam, its a problem that comes every now and then and solves itself somehow. Loads of other people have the same problem. All steam/valve does is blame the ISP's.

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Comment by karlblass
about Steam · Mar 2017 · Helpful Not helpful -1 Helpful

To me much better alternative than this EA and Microsoft crap.

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Comment by Kissaki
about Steam · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful -1 Helpful

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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just dota

Comment by maurokeita95
about Steam · Sep 2016 · Helpful Not helpful -2 Helpful

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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