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, stores listed as supporting Linux and Mac may not have every title available on those platforms.

 

Indievania website

 

Their Pitch:

“Indievania is an online indie game marketplace for independent developers to sell their games directly to players, where 100% of the cost of the game goes to the developer. This allows developers to give the best promotions and deals possible to gamers. Customers can purchase games directly from the developers own merchant account, supporting the original developers and helping to fund further development.”

 

Download Client Required:

No

Supported OS Platforms:

Windows, Mac and Linux

PayPal Accepted:

Yes

Gifting Availability:

No

Social Media Outlets:

IndieVania Twitter Indievania Facebook


 

IndieCity

Their Pitch:

“We all know that there’s a lot more to the world of gaming than is covered by the mainstream sites of today, but right now trying to explore and play games off the beaten track is a tiring and fragmented experience. As a community-focused site, IndieCity is a games selling platform that allows ALL indie developers to promote, share and sell their games to an audience dedicated to indie gaming. By creating the one stop shop for all indie games and creating a personalised view for every individual, we aim to take the discovery and play of indie games to a whole new level.”

 

Download Client Required:

Yes

Supported OS Platforms:

Windows, Mac and Linux

PayPal Accepted:

No

Gifting Availability:

No

Social Media Outlets:

IndieCity TwitterIndieCity Facebook


 

LittleIndie Digital DistributionTheir Pitch:

We got something in common – the passion about indie games! So while your job is it to just have fun and get excited over new ideas, we’re here to bring this experience to you.

Download Client Required:

Yes

Supported OS Platforms:

Windows

PayPal Accepted:

No

Gifting Availability:

No

Social Media Outlets:

LittleIndie TwitterLittleIndie Facebook


 

Beamdog

Their Pitch:

“Beamdog is a digital distribution service for games. When you purchase a game on our website, you then use the Beamdog Client to quickly download your game. When the download is finished, your game is ready to play – no installation required! 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 Outlets:

Beamdog Twitter Beamdog Facebook

 


 

Desura Digital Distribution

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. At its heart is a digital distribution application which can serve (and patch) games, mods and addons to its members.”

Download Client Required:

Yes – Offline Mode Available

Supported OS Platforms:

Windows, Mac, Linux

PayPal Accepted:

Yes

Gifting Availability:

Yes

Social Media Outlets:

Desura TwitterDesura Facebook

 


 

Green Man Gaming Digital Distribution

 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. We have some very clever patent-protected technology that allows only us to do this.”

Download Client Required:

Yes, for some titles

Supported OS Platforms:

Windows

PayPal Accepted:

Yes

Gifting Availability:

Yes

Social Media Outlets:

Green Man Gaming Twitter Green Man Gaming Facebook

 


 

Gamers Gate Digital Distribution

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 and Mac

PayPal Accepted:

Yes

Gifting Availability:

Yes

Social Media Outlets:

GamersGate Digital Distribution Gamers Gate Facebook Digital Distribution

 


 

GetGames Digital Distribution

Their Pitch:

“Get Games is a games download service with quality games, great prices, fast downloads and no subscriptions.”

Download Client Required:

No

Supported OS Platforms:

Windows and Mac

PayPal Accepted:

Yes

Gifting Availability:

Yes

Social Media Outlets:

Get Games Twitter Digital Distibution Get games Facebook Digital Distribution

 


 

GameFly Website Digital Distribution

Their Pitch:

“Over 1000 of the best PC and Mac games for you to choose from.  We are the digital leader in new release game titles.  All the classic and indie game titles – available at your fingertips.”

Download Client Required:

Yes

Supported OS Platforms:

Windows and Mac

PayPal Accepted:

Yes

Gifting Availability:

Yes

Social Media Outlets:

GameFly Twitter Digital DistributionGameFly Facebook


 

GameStop Logo

Their Pitch:

(This was the only entry on their About page.  Impulse was sold by Stardock to GameStop in early 2011.)

“In 1998, Impulse Inc. was one of the first companies to distribute its software via a free digital distribution program known as Component Manager. Fast forward a decade later.  In 2008, the official Impulse platform was released. Impulse is a state of the art digital distribution platform that allows users to quickly and easily find their favorite game or software and download it automatically to their PC. With years of development in the making, Impulse is the digital distribution platform developed by gamers, for gamers.”

Download Client Required:

Yes

Supported OS Platforms:

Windows and Mac

PayPal Accepted:

Yes

Gifting Availability:

No

Social Media Outlets:

GameStop Twitter GameStop Facebook

 


 

Origin website

Their Pitch:

“Origin lets you purchase and play your favorite EA games – any time and any place you want. With the in-game overlay, you can chat with your friends and browse the web while playing select games.Origin streamlines the download process, for quick, easy installation and use. Direct download of PC games requires the Origin client, and once you have it, you’ll be able to access your game library from virtually anywhere. You can even play your favorite games on other PCs when you’re on the go.”

Download Client Required:

Yes – Not needed to play after activation for some titles

Supported OS Platforms:

Windows

PayPal Accepted:

Yes

Gifting Availability:

No

Social Media Outlets:

Origin Twitter Origin Facebook

 


 

Steam Website

Their Pitch:

“Steam is our direct pipeline to customers. It began as a little sleeper project—a handy tool to update Counter-Strike—and morphed pretty quickly into the world’s largest online gaming platform. Steam guarantees instant access to more than 1,800 game titles and connects its 35 million active users to each other—and to us. Through Steam, fans can easily buy, play, share, modify, and build communities around Valve products as well as titles from other independent game studios. Steam is available in 237 countries and 21 different languages.

Download Client Required:

Yes – Offline Mode Available

Supported OS Platforms:

Windows and Mac

PayPal Accepted:

Yes

Gifting Availability:

Yes

Social Media Outlets:

Steam Twitter Steam Facebook

 


 

Good Old Games

Their Pitch:

“Everyone at GOG.com is a gamer, just like you. We’ve combined our real-life love for classic games with the amazing virtual world of the internet to bring some of our favorite games to your PC, with nothing – except maybe our budget – holding us back from conquering the world through gaming.”

Download Client Required:

No, but GOG Download Manager available.

Supported OS Platforms:

Windows

PayPal Accepted:

Yes

Gifting Availability:

Yes

Social Media Outlets:

Good Old Games Twitter Good Old Games Facebook

 


 

Good Old Games

Their Pitch:

“Rain Digital Games is an online store designed to provide a compelling and reliable distribution channel for independent video game developers and publishers. Rain Digital Games is solving this problem by offering competitive distribution fees, full service marketing support for each title, and a complete menu of additional marketing, public relations and advertising services in an easy to understand and cost efficient manner.”

Social Media Outlets:

Rain DG Twitter Rain DG Facebook

 


 

Mac game Store Official Site

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, great bundles, and useful information to make purchasing decisions easier.”

Download Client Required:

Yes

Supported OS Platforms:

Mac OSX

PayPal Accepted:

Yes

Gifting Availability:

No

Social Media Outlets:

Mac Game Store Twitter Mac Games Store Facebook

 


 

Shiny Loot Official Site

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. As a supporter of unlocked downloads, all of this is offered with minimal to no DRM on all titles. There is some real hidden treasure in the indie games trove, and Shiny Loot’s goal is to match the right people to those games.”

Download Client Required:

No

Supported OS Platforms:

Windows, Linux, Mac

PayPal Accepted:

Yes

Gifting Availability:

No

Social Media Outlets:

Shiny Loot Twitter Shiny Loot Facebook
Last edited on May 10th, 2013

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