Welcome! On this page you can find out everything about most popular and those less popular websites that can easily compete with Steam Store!
You can discuss alternative shops in the comments!
We will mention if any of the listed shops contain DRM (Digital Restriction Management) games, regional locked games or regional shops. SSL security is also another important feature to protect customer’s personal information so that will be mentioned as well.
If any information on this page is incorrect please let us know as soon as possible.
Note: Please remember that if you are buying a CD-KEY only you are still obliged to own a legal, physical copy of the game (in most cases).
Stores and digital distribution systems
- Shiny Loot
- Green Man Gaming – this store allows to trade in owned games, great voucher codes that stack with owned games, currency depends on your choice
- Good Old Games – no DRM, available worldwide
- GameFly - formerly known as Direct2Drive, contains DRM and regional locked games, in some parts of Europe prices are in €
- Impulse – contains DRM and regional locked games, digital store owned by GameStop
- GameStop – USA only and contains DRM games
- GamesPlanet – contains DRM games, Metaboli’s download to own – british pound
- GameTap – available worldwide, subscription or download to own – american dollar
- Metaboli - contains DRM games
- GamersGate – no SSL and regional locked games
- GAME.co.uk – contains DRM games, retail or downloadable
- DLGamer – info here
- Green House – Greenhouse is a direct download platform that focuses almost exclusively on indie games. Run by Hothead, a Canadian company well-known for the Penny Arcade series of role-playing games.
- Xfire Game Store – Europe, USA
- Games On Demand – also known as Games for Windows Live from Microsoft
- Amazon – DRM games and regional shops that differ greatly from each other in many cases
- GetGames – EuroGamer’s online game store
- Battle.net – Blizzard’s store (featuring Diablo, StarCraft and Warcraft series)
- Origin - EA’s distribution system, DRM and regional locked games, regional shops that differ greatly from each other in many cases, poor Live Chat support, this store is 100% legit but not recommended… reports of multiple charging per item
- HumbleBundle - pay “how much you want” promotions to support charities
Buy at your own risk – CD-Key stores and more
* Steam Support might disable your Steam account, EA may disable your EA account etc. for using a non-official ways to buy keys for Valve, EA or any other keys with Steamworks or non-Steamworks games, you must be aware of the risk. In rare cases they might remove your game if the keys are from some Asian countries and you used them for example in Spain, UK etc.
* Steam Unpowered team is not entirely sure if it’s safe to buy there or not, most people don’t have problems but some do, buy at your own risk!
In some rare cases most CD-Key stores require ID, passport or driver’s license scan to complete the purchase!
This is how they are checking if you are not scamming them, if you don’t like it don’t buy games in CD-Key stores.
Check out our forums for customer feedback!
Feel free to post your experiences in the “Key Stores” section at the bottom.
- CD Key Warehouse
* Those sites have proven to be dangerous in one or the other way. Avoid at all cost or you will lose your money!
- CDkey-Game.com – do not buy from them, they offer Steam gifts, then charge back the money on PayPal and you’re left with either disabled game on your list or disabled account.
- cdkeyexpress (click here for forum discussion) – do not buy from them, like the shop above they offer Steam gifts, which are paid over some fraudulent methods that leave you with a disabled account.
Changelog for this page:
04/12/13 Updated dead links moved around things etc.
27/12/12 Added JustCDKeys.com
03/11/11 Added Origin to the list…obviously (09/11 further updates)
26/06/11 Added onlinecdkeyseller
18/09/10 Added forum link http://steamunpowered.eu/forums/
18/09/10 Added cdkeyshere.com to the CD-Key stores list
16/09/10 Added gamebuyers to the CD-Key stores list
16/09/10 Rearranged the whole page again, this time CD-Key stores are treated equally, additionally all CD-Key stores details were removed, from now on links in alphabetical order visible only.
07/08/10 Rearranged the page, added Microsoft store, moved EA and Amazon to Stores and digital distribution systems
11/06/10 G2Play description updated
Please remember to report your shopping experience with any of the shops above, whether good or bad. This gives us a better insight if the shops are reliable enough or not.Steam Alternatives,