Free Steam Alternatives for Windows

    There are many alternatives to Steam for Windows if you are looking for a replacement. The best Windows alternative is GOG.com. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Steam and many of them is available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to Steam are Humble Bundle (Paid), itch.io (Free, Open Source), Epic Games Store (Free) and Origin (Free).

    The list of alternatives was last updated May 17, 2021

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    • DRM Free
    • Game launcher
    • Games library
    • Achievements
    • Free to play
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    • Import from Steam
    • Full controller support
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    • Multi System Emulator
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    • GOG.com is a DRM-free game store, selling both new and old titles. No client/launcher needed to play the games. View 49 alternatives to GOG.com
      Almost everyone thinks GOG.com is a great alternative to Steam.
      • FreeProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Software as a Service (SaaS)
      GOG.com vs Steam
      pros, cons and recent comments
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      you own your games for real and there is better quality control.
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

      13
      stardust_will DRM Free games, that's already a lot!
      Top positive comment  almost 2 years ago

      7
      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

      -10
      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 6 months ago

      0
      cd projekt red. Good consumer practices, no drm, ethical threatment of developers
      Positive comment 7 months ago

      0
      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 11 months ago

      2
      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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    • 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.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Android
      • Android Tablet
      itch.io vs Steam
      pros, cons and recent comments
      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

      10
      Lots of free and paid games and most don't require installers so you don't need admin.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

      4
      thebenmix11 In my experience, it's one of the few that are both user-friendly and developer-friendly at the same time.
      Positive comment 10 months ago

      0
      somegirlfromit A bunch of unvetted shovelware titles, many of which have only minutes of gameplay if that
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

      -6


    • 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.
      • FreeProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Online
      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 6 months ago

      1
      braky Epic Games forces games (not all) who were announced to release on other distribution platforms to release exclusively on their storefront.
      Negative comment almost 2 years ago

      7
      pasha88pas Good bye Steam Hello EGS!
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

      0
      wusteldru Great alternative to Steam, as paying out more revenue to developers.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

      -35
    • 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.
      • FreeProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Online
      Origin vs Steam
      pros, cons and recent comments
      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  10 months ago

      0
      It has game that Steam hasn't
      Top positive comment  about 4 years ago

      0
      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

      6
      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

      0
      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

      -26
    • 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.
      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      Ubisoft Connect vs Steam
      pros, cons and recent comments
      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

      1
    • 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 18 alternatives to Game Jolt
      Most users think Game Jolt is a great alternative to Steam.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      Game Jolt vs Steam
      pros, cons and recent comments
      sparkydev Most of indie titles are born here before going to steam
      Positive comment 5 months ago

      -1
    • 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
      • Windows
    • Desura is a digital distribution service for gamers, putting the best games, mods and downloadable content at your fingertips and ready to play. View 45 alternatives to Desura
      Most users think Desura is a great alternative to Steam.

      Discontinued

      Desura was shut down a couple years ago.

      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Desura vs Steam
      pros, cons and recent comments
      bostonmarketinggroup Shut down so sad, it was nice
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

      0
      SiNevesh It's on a much smaller scale than Steam, however Desura still distributes digital copies of games and has the main features of Steam.
      Positive comment over 5 years ago

      1
    • A cross platform, customizable graphical frontend for launching emulators and managing your game collection. View 16 alternatives to Pegasus
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Android
      • Raspberry Pi
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