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Top 15 Steam alternatives for gamers

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If you play games on your PC, you’ve most probably heard of Valve’s Steam. Steam is a gaming platform which goes beyond just selling and managing games for you.

Today, Steam is a community of millions of PC gamers around the world in addition to being perhaps the most popular online game retailer.

However, that’s not to say that there are no other valuable gaming platforms out there. Recently many platforms have been emerging for PC players that have opened up a bunch of other alternatives to try. They all have their own pros and cons, but it’s always better to have more options.

In this post, we bring you 15 Steam alternatives that you can try out.

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Origin is a PC gaming platform built by the popular video game publisher Electronic Arts (EA). Origin is available across PC, Android macOS, iOS and the Facebook platform. While Origin heavily revolves around games by EA, you can still find other games here too and sometimes with pretty amazing discounts.


  • Quick access to EA exclusives
  • Origin Access
  • Try out games before buying
  • Affordable prices for most games


  • Okay-ish community support
  • Lacks some social features
  • Mediocre game catalogue


Uplay is an online game distribution platform developed by Massive Entertainment. In addition to being a game distribution platform, Uplay also offers social features and achievements/trophies for various in-game missions. The service is provided across various platforms such as PC, PlayStation, Xbox, Wii U, Facebook, iOS, Android, Windows Phone, OnLive.


  • Easy access to Ubisoft Exclusives
  • Cross-platform availability


  • Used exclusively by first-party Ubisoft games.
  • Poor community support
  • Poor game catalogue (apart from Ubisoft Exclusives)

Green Man Gaming

You might not have heard of this name before, but the amazing game catalogue here will surprise you. Green Man Gaming has a collection of thousands of old games and latest releases alike. They also allow you to buy games for your PC, Mac or console all from one place.


  • Amazing game catalogue
  • Competitive prices
  • Good Community/Customer support
  • Awesome buyer protection policy


  • Lacks a downloadable standalone client
  • Lacks social features
  • No awards/achievements for in-game missions
  • No game stat tracking

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GameFly is an online game rental service for PC and Console games. You can rent games and even movies for a very affordable monthly subscription fee. Currently, GameFly offers about 8000 titles across PC, PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, Wii U, 3DS, GameBoy Advance, PSP and PlayStation Vita.


  • Rent games instead of buying
  • Affordable pricing
  • Movies available too
  • Cross-platform availability


  • It’s not clear whether GameFly ships internationally
  • Mediocre game catalogue


Kinguin is an online store for video game keys and items. You can purchase game keys for cheap here and then unlock the game later on your platform of choice. Kinguin also sells in-game items such as weapon skins and crates. You can get PC, Console or even Android games here.


  • Cross-platform availability
  • Keys/items usually cheaper than on other platforms
  • Independence to play games on any platform


  • Some games are region specific
  • Lacks most social/community features


G2a is a digital marketplace for games. You can consider it similar to Amazon but for games. G2A features frequent weekly and monthly sales, which means you can get your favourite games for really good prices sometimes. What makes G2A stand out among the competition is the fact that you can sell games on it as well. You can buy games for PC, Xbox, PlayStation and even Android.


  • Good game catalogue
  • Competitive prices
  • Frequent sales
  • Option to sell previously owned games
  • Cross-platform availability
  • Gaming Hardware available too


  • Some products are region specific
  • Questionable international shipping
  • Some consider G2A a grey marketplace


GOG stands for Good Old Games. As you might have guessed, this online game distribution platform revolves heavily around older games. However, in the wake of modernisation, GOG now offers a pretty decent game catalogue that includes new releases and competitive prices. GOG also features a movie section titled ‘Movies for gamers’.


  • Decent game catalogue
  • Older games available (that otherwise might be hard to find)
  • Competitive prices
  • Good community support
  • Downloadable client (for Windows)


  • Some modern titles might not be available
  • No achievements/awards
  • GOG galaxy lacks features like screenshots and overlays

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GameStop is an American video game and consumer electronics, retailer. Usually known for its physical stores, GameStop is now pretty big online as well. They feature what is possibly the biggest game library across all major platforms like PC, Mac, PlayStation, Xbox Nintendo, PSP and so on. It also allows the sale of pre-owned titles and electronics alike


  • Large game library
  • Competitive prices
  • Decent customer support
  • Cross-platform availability
  • Electronics available as well


  • Some products may be region locked
  • No downloadable client
  • Lacks social/community features
  • Questionable international service is an online gaming/social media platform developed by Blizzard Gaming. It offers a community-based gaming experience to its users. It also features an Android/iOS app that allows users to chat with and add friends and also lets them see what games they are playing.


  • Decent community support
  • Integration with downloaded games
  • Frequent sales/discounts


  • Blizzard exclusive games only
  • PC exclusive


Direct2Drive is an online PC games store. As the name suggests, it offers direct downloads for all its games. You can buy games for various platforms such as Steam, PlayStation, Xbox and even standalone games. They also boast a custom streaming service and reward structure for buyers.


  • Cross-platform availability
  • Achievement/reward system in place
  • Easy game downloads
  • Competitive prices


  • Mediocre game library
  • No downloadable client
  • Lacks community/social features is a website for individual gamers or companies to host, download and sell indie games. You can play, buy and download from possibly the largest collection on indie games on the internet. They feature a downloadable client for Windows, macOS and Linux as well. Oh, and they’re open source too.


  • Great collection of Indie games
  • Amazing community support
  • Upload your own games
  • Attractive prices
  • Free games available too


  • Indie Game exclusive
  • Lacks cross-platform support

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Humble Bundle

Humble Bundle is an online video game storefront which as the name suggests, sells games in bundles. Users can subscribe to a monthly bundle and get hand curated bundles of games. They offer a decent game catalogue and competitive prices. You can get games for Steam, Origin, Uplay and Linux as well.

P.S They support some charities as well. Hence the name, ‘Humble’ Bundle.


  • Great value for money
  • Ability to choose a gaming platform
  • Decent game catalogue


  • Monthly subscription required
  • No downloadable client
  • Lacks community/social features


GamersGate is a Swiss online game retailer. Apart from the usual game business, GamersGate also provides electronic strategy guides for games as well. They offer games for Windows, Mac, Linux and even Android. The prices are attractive. They even have a section for games under $1.


  • Attractive prices
  • Strategy guides
  • Cross-platform availability


  • Mediocre game collection
  • Lacks community/social features
  • No award/achievement  system


Discord is primarily a VoIP service for gamers. It recently started offering games on its platform as well. The game library is short as the service is still in its beta stage, but there’s more to come. The games are good despite the short collection and the prices are justified.


  • A very pretty client
  • Decent games
  • Good integration and game management


  • Small game library
  • Some games may be region specific
  • Playing and installing games is limited to Windows
  • No manual installation allowed

Windows Store

Last but not the least, If you’re a gamer, chances are you’re running a Windows 10 PC. The Window 10 App store offers some pretty good features. It has come a long way from being absolute crap. You can get games that you can share between your Xbox and your PC for some really good value. There are a bunch of Microsoft exclusives on the store as well as a lot of third party games too.


  • Play games across your Windows 10 devices and Xbox
  • Decent pricing
  • Good integration with Windows
  • Xbox awards/achievements on PC
  • Xbox community and social features


  • Incredibly small game library
  • PlayStation users exist?
  • Updates require a complete reinstallation in some cases

This is the end of our list of the top 15 Steam alternatives. If you think we’ve missed any, drop a comment below.

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here:

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