The popularity of digital distribution has skyrocketed over the last few years.  In 2011 alone, we saw several new stores throw their virtual hats into the ring.  Although we are saddened by the downfall of PC gaming as a retail buying option, we understand the convenience digital distribution has to offer.  From the obvious to the obscure, the following list is a good starting point to help you discover the vast amount of digital distribution options.

Please note: This list does not include bundle sites such as: Humble Indie Bundle, Indie Royale or Indie Gala.  It also does not cover developer run stores like Her Interactive or Blizzard.  In addition, companies listed as supporting Linux and Mac may not have every title available on those platforms.

 

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Their Pitch:

“FireFlower Games offers games for Windows, Mac and Linux and we focus on carefully selected indie and DRM-free games for direct download.  Our aim is to promote crowdfunding for indie devs, and we pledge to donate at least half of our annual profits to projects that benefit the environment and game developers.”

Download Client Required:
No

Supported OS Platforms:
Windows, Mac, Linux

PayPal Accepted:
Yes

Gifting Availability:
No

Social Media:

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Shiny Loot

Their Pitch:

“Shiny Loot is both an online store and a game discovery tool wrapped up in a single package. We have over one hundred searchable game characteristics that we call traits such as physics based puzzles, dungeon crawl, and deep diplomacy. These traits can be searched simultaneously with genres, DRM, settings, price, operating system, and other traits to discover your ideal game.”

Download Client Required:
No

Supported OS Platforms:
Windows, Mac, Linux

PayPal Accepted:
Yes

Gifting Availability:
No

Social Media:

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Their Pitch:

“IndieGameStand is all about spotlighting great indie game developers. Whether it’s through our deal spotlight or our storefront, IndieGameStand works hard to curate the indie games out there while providing the tools and reviews to make educated game purchases.  We’re huge indie game fans and focus exclusively on independent developers.”

Download Client Required:
No

Supported OS Platforms:
Windows, Mac, Linux

PayPal Accepted:
Yes

Gifting Availability:
No

Social Media:

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Their Pitch:

“itch.io is an open marketplace for indie games that provides a simple way for any game developer to instantly upload and distribute their games for free. Developers can host their own indie game sales and sell their files with “pay-what-you-want” pricing. All kinds of games are welcome including early access and beta games, additionally games can either be downloadable or embedded directly into the browser.”

Download Client Required:
No

Supported OS Platforms:
Windows, Mac, Linux

PayPal Accepted:
Yes

Gifting Availability:
Yes

Social Media:

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gamersgate

Their Pitch:

“GamersGate is the leading digital distribution platform for PC and Mac games creating easily accessible gaming experiences for gamers worldwide – anytime, anywhere. Offering a “client-free” experience that eliminates the need for a bulky client interface, gamers anywhere can now access their games without any third party involvement.”

Download Client Required:
No

Supported OS Platforms:
Windows, Mac, Linux

PayPal Accepted:
Yes

Gifting Availability:
Yes

Social Media:

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MacGameStore

Their Pitch:

“MacGameStore, Inc was launched in April 2005 and since then has grown into the leading Mac-only distributor of digital download games with over one million Mac games sold. Our goal is to provide the best shopping experience that Mac gamers deserve with hot new selections every day, excellent customer service, daily specials and great bundles.”

Download Client Required:
Yes

Supported OS Platforms:
Mac OSX

PayPal Accepted:
Yes

Gifting Availability:
No

Social Media:

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Desura2014

Their Pitch:

“Desura is a community driven digital distribution service for gamers, putting the best games, mods and downloadable content from developers at gamers fingertips, ready to buy and play.  The aim of Desura is to provide gamers with a dependable interface which delivers the content they want to play in the quickest cross-pc way possible.”

Download Client Required:
Yes.  Offline mode available

Supported OS Platforms:
Windows, Mac, Linux

PayPal Accepted:
Yes

Gifting Availability:
Yes

Social Media:

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BD

Their Pitch:

“We believe that PC gaming should be as painless as possible, so we strive to remove all the unnecessary steps involved in PC gaming. We also pride ourselves on excellent customer service and like to keep in touch with our users.  On Beamdog, the games you purchase are yours. Once you’ve purchased your games, they won’t be taken away.”

Download Client Required:
Yes

Supported OS Platforms:
Windows

PayPal Accepted:
Yes

Gifting Availability:
Yes

Social Media:

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greenmangaming

Their Pitch:

“Green Man Gaming is a digital retailer of PC games. We sell games globally and have sold to over 89 countries. Unlike any other digital retailer, our customers can trade-in their digitally downloaded games for credit in their account and this credit can then be used for new purchases.”

Download Client Required:
Yes – Some titles

Supported OS Platforms:
Windows

PayPal Accepted:
Yes

Gifting Availability:
Yes

Social Media:

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Amazon

Their Pitch:

“Find thousands of PC games available for digital download. Pre-order upcoming releases, find great deals, and more.”

Download Client Required:
Yes – Some titles

Supported OS Platforms:
Windows

PayPal Accepted:
Yes

Gifting Availability:
Yes

Social Media:

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