Up For Debate - What are the best digital stores for PC game keys in 2021?

Written by Chad Norton on Sun, May 9, 2021 5:00 PM

Although physical copies of games are still sold for consoles, PC gamers have long since had to deal with the ramifications of a mostly-digital marketplace. There’s pros and cons to either side, but now we have a whole plethora of stores and online shops to buy PC game keys from in 2021. But which one is the best? Let’s debate!

Of course there is the major contender, Steam, which is the biggest digital storefront on PC. They are pretty notorious for having lots of sales very regularly on all sorts of games, genres, developers, etc. But they don’t always offer the best deals.

As competitors, Steam has the Epic Games Store, Origin, Uplay, the Humble store, and GOG to look out for. All of which provide their own benefits and reasons for purchasing off their respective store.

For instance, Steam’s biggest competitor at the moment, the Epic Games Store, fights for more users every day so their sales often have very generous offers, like unlimited $10 coupons or crazy discounts and even free games! Ubisoft also offers an extra 20% discount on games if you spend currency you earn through Uplay achievements, so it’s essentially free money! And you get rewarded for playing their games. And GOG offers completely DRM-free games that you can play offline and forever, even if GOG shuts down.

Then on the other side, you have the very grey area of third-party key sellers. These sites often have fantastic deals all year round, but come under a lot of controversy and there are plenty of horror stories online that tell of users buying games only to receive already-used keys and not get a refund.

Then again, there are quite a few reputable sites, but considering the controversial nature of them and the sheer number, we’ll leave the list of 3rd-party sellers to you guys. In the polls below you can vote for your favorite official storefronts, and then debate in the discussion area below as to what the best 3rd-party seller is. Top comments will be favorited so we can see what the general census is.

What do you think? What is the best digital store for PC games in 2021? And what is the best third-party seller site? Do you buy a lot of digital games? Or do you prefer to still buy physical copies? Let’s debate!

What are your top 3 favorite digital stores? - 3 votes each

Do you mostly buy from official stores or 3rd part sellers?

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15:54 May-11-2021

Where is Green Man Gaming on the list???
Been using them since they launched and have ALWAYS gotten a deal on the new game I want, plus they email additional vouchers you can use on any game you want.

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08:44 May-11-2021

When i don't wanna pay full price i normally get my keys from kinguin.
Ive tried others in the very past, but always realized i better could go back to kinguin :)

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09:43 May-10-2021

plati ru got most of my games from there.

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09:23 May-10-2021

i've used cdkeyhouse, instant-gaming, humble bundle. On cdkeyhouse the keys were getting slow and i always got nervous on instant-gaming i ordered f1 2k19 and metal gear solid v for pc and they gave it to me right away. But right now im usually buying games from the platforms a.k.a. steam, ubisoft, ea and so on when some games are on discount. On humble bundle only free bundles i got, but still.

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05:55 May-10-2021

I used to be only with official stores but man... Those deals from 3rd parties can be pretty dope, especially when you can get deals on pre-ordering games.

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21:56 May-09-2021

GOG Hands down!

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20:47 May-09-2021

I use https://gg.deals which is like IsThereAnyDeal but specifically for pc games. It provides info on all the sales, freebies and bundles available including historical lows etc. It covers all the known storefronts as well as lots of other official 3rd-party sellers/resellers and the grey market. The grey market sellers have tags showing the possible risks of using them and are listed separately.

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20:50 May-09-2021

Usually it's a mixture of Steam, Gog and CDKeys for me, but gg comes in really useful for finding the cheapest deals for any games I've been on the fence about purchasing.

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12:23 May-11-2021

I use allkeyshop for that ( https://www.allkeyshop.com/blog/ ) as it does most of the things but thanks for giving me a new website to compare stuff :)

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19:24 May-09-2021

GMG all the way! For last 2 years they have much better prices than Steam and pre-orders are -15-22% in 90% of cases.

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20:54 May-09-2021

Yeah, I'm surprised it's not on the voting list - seems pretty big to me, and especially good on early discounts, as you mentioned!

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02:21 May-10-2021

RE8 IS 50 $ on GMG and 60 euros on Steam , for me . Since euro is stronger tnah dollar it around 20 % less for me on GMG . And if you using british pound even better dill for you on GMG since price is global , 50 dollars .

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18:52 May-09-2021

The cheapest

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18:07 May-09-2021

Just use IsThereAnyDeal, set the price filters to historic low or new historic low or whatever else you need, and you're bound to find all the good deals all the time, a daily check of 2-3 minutes goes a long way.

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17:14 May-09-2021

Forgot a big one - Green Man Gaming!

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18:25 May-09-2021

Very true

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05:55 May-10-2021

I'm still kinda ify on them. I used them to pre-order a game so I'll see how it turns out.

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