Game Distribution Platforms
Documenteer digital distribution platforms:
I am aware of the following online videogame distribution platforms:
These platforms allow you to create an account, buy a game, and keep track of it in your account. You can download it later, even after a few years, by logging in to your account.
Note that many platforms provide codes to download bought games on other platforms as well. In particular, many platforms provide Steam keys.
|Name||Platforms||# OS X titles||DRM of own platform||Distribution|
|Apple App Store||OS X||Many commercial games. ~300.000 titles||DRM||Direct download|
|Steam||Windows, OS X, Linux||Most commercial games. 2000 titles||DRM||Direct download|
|Gamersgate||Windows, OS X, Linux, Android||1200 titles||DRM-free||Steam, Uplay, Origin or direct-download|
|Desura||Windows, OS X, Linux||Mostly Indie. 1200 titles||DRM-free||Steam or direct-download|
|Gog||Windows, OS X, Linux||Old and Indie. 500 titles||DRM-free||Direct download|
|Humble Bundle||Windows, OS X, Android||Mostly Indie. 500 titles||DRM-free||Steam or direct-download|
|Shinyloot||Windows, OS X||Mostly Indie; 150 titles||DRM-free||Direct-download, Steam or Desura|
|Uplay||Windows, Console, iOS||Ubisoft games only||DRM||Direct-download|
|Origin||Windows, OS X||EA games only||DRM||Direct-download|
|Green Man Gaming||Windows, OS X||Unknown||N/A?||Steam|
|GameFly Digital||Console||N/A||DRM||Monthly subscription fee|
|OUYA||Own OUYA console||N/A||DRM-free||Direct-download|
Number of titles is measured at June 2015, by counting the number of Mac games, excluding downloadable content (DLC).
Most distribution platforms take about 30% of the cost. Humble Bundle, because it only keeps about 10%, although that excludes about 6% for transaction fees, and another 10% for charity.
The prices of all platforms are usually the same, although in particular Steam often has deep discounts (up to 80%) during summer and Christmas season. Humble Bundle has weekly bundles which are 'pay what you want'.
- merged into GameStop
- merged into GameFly Digital
- merged into Green Man Gaming
- Games for Windows Marketplace
- merged into Xbox Live
Regular stores, like Amazon.com may also offer direct downloads.
Many publishers, like Telltale or Auran, offer their own digital download solutions.