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The 7 Best Steam Alternatives

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Editor’s Note: We’ve updated this story with news about Discord’s announcement of their self-publishing platform.

PC gaming is all about having options, and if you think Steam is the only place worth getting your games, you may be missing out on deals or entire catalogs that aren’t available there.

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Each platform brings something a little different to the table, and you might be surprised about what’s on offer. DRM-free games on GOG, monthly free games on Origin, or just exclusive releases are some of the things your good old Steam account can’t match. If you’re serious about PC gaming, we recommend you keep an eye on each of these services for the best deals available, and to make sure you’re not missing out on games that don’t release on Steam.

Origin

EA’s publisher-run storefront has a large catalog of EA titles, many of which can only be found here for PC players. Like Steam, Origin offers all the contemporary amenities of a digital store, like cloud saves, a comprehensive friends list, game forums and access to your game library while offline. There are also non-EA titles for sale, like Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XV and CD Projekt RED’s The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

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Unlike Steam, Origin offers a premium subscription service called Origin Access for $5 a month, or $30 a year. This gives players unlimited access to the EA “Vault, which, at the time of writing, includes 91 games that range from older titles like Dead Space 2 to newer releases like Titanfall 2 and Mass Effect: Andromeda, for as long you stay an Access member. Members also get a flat 10 percent discount on game purchases, a monthly free game to keep with your membership, and the ability to download and play new EA releases before release date.

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