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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, which is free. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Steam and many of them are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to Steam are itch.io, Humble Bundle, Epic Games Store and Origin.

Steam alternatives are mainly Game Stores but may also be Game Library Managers or App Stores. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Steam.
This page was last updated Jun 30, 2022
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  1. GOG.com

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)

    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.

    GOG.com vs Steam opinions
    Almost everyone thinks GOG.com is a great alternative to Steam.
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    cd projekt red. Good consumer practices, no drm, ethical threatment of developers

    Top positive comment  over 1 year ago
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    you own your games for real and there is better quality control.

    Top positive comment  over 4 years ago
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    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 over 1 year ago
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    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 almost 2 years ago
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    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 2 years ago
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    somegirlfromit

    GOG offers the exact same software you get on Steam... except bundled with mystery software that you can't opt out of.

    Negative comment almost 3 years ago
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    stardust_will

    DRM Free games, that's already a lot!

    Positive comment almost 3 years ago
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  2. itch.io

    • FreeOpen Source
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    • Android
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    itch.io gives you the ability to design a page where people can download games you have uploaded. You can optionally put a minimum price on your game (which can be 0), giving people the opportunity to pay you what they think you deserve. All files and images are hosted on itch.

    itch.io vs Steam opinions
    Almost everyone thinks itch.io is a great alternative to Steam.

    Quite possibly the best place available to lose an afternoon digging through both free and paid indie games ever since Desura kicked the bucket.

    Top positive comment  over 5 years ago
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    bonepyramid

    Live life, breathe air. I know somehow we're gonna get there, and it'll be so wonderful.

    Top positive comment  20 days ago
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    thebenmix11

    In my experience, it's one of the few that are both user-friendly and developer-friendly at the same time.

    Positive comment almost 2 years ago
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    somegirlfromit

    A bunch of unvetted shovelware titles, many of which have only minutes of gameplay if that

    Negative comment almost 3 years ago
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    -8

    Lots of free and paid games and most don't require installers so you don't need admin.

    Positive comment over 3 years ago
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  3. Humble Bundle

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    Buy a bundle of games, you decide the price, and support charity in the process.

    Humble Bundle vs Steam opinions
    Most users think Humble Bundle is a great alternative to Steam.

    Cheap drm-free games. also for charity.

    Top positive comment  over 5 years ago
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    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 2 years ago
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    andrewpetz

    Humble Bundle is not a platform to play games like Steam, it is only a platform to buy them.

    Top negative comment  over 4 years ago
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    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 over 1 year ago
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    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 almost 3 years ago
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    Just a games distributor, mainly sells steam keys

    Negative comment about 4 years ago
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  4. Epic Games Store

    • FreeProprietary
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    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.

    Epic Games Store vs Steam opinions
    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.
    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.

    Top positive comment  over 1 year ago
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    Anipe

    different games and encourages competition in the industry, its good

    Top positive comment  about 2 months ago
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    braky

    Epic Games forces games (not all) who were announced to release on other distribution platforms to release exclusively on their storefront.

    Top negative comment  almost 3 years ago
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    alanmaccormak

    Whatever you said Steam is just more easy to use and more widespread than Epic Games, but EGS itself is quite good

    Positive comment 4 months ago
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    pasha88pas

    Good bye Steam Hello EGS!

    Positive comment almost 3 years ago
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    wusteldru

    Great alternative to Steam, as paying out more revenue to developers.

    Positive comment over 3 years ago
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  5. Origin

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Online

    Origin is your new digital playground. It’s where you go to find the best that EA has to offer.

    Origin vs Steam opinions
    Some users think Origin is a great alternative to Steam, some don't.
    bonepyramid

    Awful. I made an effort a while back to delete the application as soon as possible even if that meant not being able to play a legal copy of The Sims 4. It just wasn't worth that for me. So much unnecessary bloat for reasons I'm still trying to figure out.

    Top positive comment  20 days ago
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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  almost 2 years ago
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    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.

    Top negative comment  almost 3 years ago
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    shelehovchanin

    Small library of games. Uncomfortable chat. Extra launcher, which is only needed for EA, not to pay third-party companies for promotion.

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

    Positive comment over 4 years ago
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    It has game that Steam hasn't

    Positive comment about 5 years ago
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  6. 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.

    Most users think Playnite is a great alternative to Steam.
  7. Ubisoft Connect

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    Ubisoft Connect (before Uplay) is Ubisoft's PC games portal, where you can find all your games on PC

    Ubisoft Connect vs Steam opinions
    Most users think Ubisoft Connect is a great alternative to Steam.
    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.

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  8. Game Jolt

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online

    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.

    Game Jolt vs Steam opinions
    Most users think Game Jolt is a great alternative to Steam.
    sparkydev

    Most of indie titles are born here before going to steam

    Positive comment over 1 year ago
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  9. Battle.net

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone

    Battle.net is an Internet-based online game, social networking service, digital distribution, and digital rights management platform developed by Blizzard Entertainment.

    Most users think Battle.net is a great alternative to Steam.
  10. Pegasus

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • 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.

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