Valve’s Steam is unarguably the most popular PC gaming distribution website among the community currently as it has a large collection of games, give amazing discounts on them and also run promotions for the gamers a lot.
Given the popularity of gaming distribution, there are a number of game distribution services that have popped up in the recent years and they seem to have a good mix of popular as well as Indie titles which you would never encounter otherwise.
Although Steam has a lot to offer, it doesn’t come without its own faults and the monopoly it enjoys isn’t necessarily a good thing for the gaming community.
If you’re tired of Valve’s Steam and wish to try out a new service, we’ve prepared a list for you to try from.
Electronic Arts-owned Origin has been around in the market for a long time and they boast of classy gaming titles from the FIFA, Battlefield, Medal of Honor, Mass Effect series, Sims and much more.
The gaming distributor also gives out a game for free every few weeks, showcased in its ‘On the House’ catalogue, which typically features games which were released two-three years ago or more.
Origin, available via its desktop client and website, is one of the most credible and secure options to go to whenever you’re on the lookout for a high-end game.
They let users try new titles for free and also offer a refund on purchases in case you’re dissatisfied from a game.
Gamersgate is another useful avenue for gamers looking for a healthy mix of popular gaming titles as well as Indie gaming titles which have a great potential.
In addition to their wide collection of AAA games, the gaming distribution service also runs a popular reward programme, which not only aims at helping new gamers but also helps the service gain loyalty and popularity.
Gamersgate reward system works around their virtual currency — the Blue coins, which can be earned by pre-ordering, buying, rating a game as well as by submitting reviews.
The Blue coins can be used to buy games from their catalogue instead of using a real currency.
Gamefly is another great game distribution service which boasts of titles like Tomb Raider, NBA, Batman, MotoGP and much more, started as a game rental service.
The service used to deliver game titles via mail in the past, then moved on to online rentals and have now moved to game distribution, but there is a catch here.
The service aims at building their customer base around those who own a smart TV — supports Samsung, LG and Phillips till now — and are ready to trade their keyboards and mouse for a gamepad that will probably be made by Gamefly.
Nonetheless, you won’t need any specific console to play games on the service, just turn on your TV, switch to the service and game on.
GOG or Good Old Games is another worthy gaming distribution service to consider as an alternative to Valve’s Steam as it offers an array of AAA titles to its users.
But what it truly stands out is a community that yearns for gamers to play the games that they want to as they maintain a community wishlist of the games users will like to purchase, which is updated weekly and the service does its best to get access to the games on the list.
GOG also offers all the titles DRM-free, which means that there is no copyright protection or online checks.
Like the Steam client, GOG has also released its desktop client called GOG Galaxy, though it’s currently in its beta phase.
Green Man Gaming
Last on the list, but another one with amazing AAA titles like Call of Duty, Hitman, Tomb Raider and much more on offer, Green Man Gaming is another alternative worth your time. It’s a great avenue for gamers who like to purchase the latest title as the website offers new titles with discounts on it too.
It’s a great avenue for gamers who like to purchase the latest title as the website offers new titles with discounts on it too.
Similar to Gamersgate reward programme, Green Man Gaming offers credits to its users for pre-ordering games, reviewing them and referring a friend to their service.
The service has a strict refund policy but offers credits in return for a digitally downloaded game from their service, which can be used to buy some other game. Their desktop client called ‘Playfire’ is also in the beta phase.