Game Distribution Platforms

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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
GameStop Windows, Console N/A Unknown Direct-download
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'.

Defunct Platforms

merged into GameStop
merged into GameFly Digital
merged into Green Man Gaming
Games for Windows Marketplace
merged into Xbox Live

Other Stores

Regular stores, like may also offer direct downloads.

Many publishers, like Telltale or Auran, offer their own digital download solutions.