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JJNova commented on 23 February 2020 at 12:26 am UTC

Hey folks,

I'm a big proponent of ownership and privacy so refrain from purchasing on the Steam store. Unfortunately, GoG has really slowed down in regards to securing linux releases. I know there are other sites, but they tend to fulfill most of their library purchases with Steam Keys.

That being said, is anyone aware of publishers or developers that allow you to make purchases directly from their website? It used to be a fairly popular way to get games in the past, but online marketplaces have changed that.

denyasis commented on 23 February 2020 at 12:41 am UTC

I guess it depends on the game. I've purchased quite a few through their website to include (off the top of my head):

Penumbra
Star Sector
Rimworld
Factorio

I think Feral lets you purchase direct, or they used to. They would have a nice collection. I don't buy much any more due to finances and less free time, so I'm not up on the latest and greatest

damarrin commented on 23 February 2020 at 7:23 am UTC

Feral sell you a Steam key. Humble sometimes have a drm free version of the game, which at least in my experience is usually just a very bare bones tar.gz without an installer, otherwise it’s a Steam key again.

Liam Dawe commented on 24 February 2020 at 11:48 am UTC

JJNovaThat being said, is anyone aware of publishers or developers that allow you to make purchases directly from their website? It used to be a fairly popular way to get games in the past, but online marketplaces have changed that.
One of the main reasons for the big change there is fraud, there's a lot of it and direct purchases have the developer often deal with it personally. Stores help with that, since they handle the payments. If you wish for more drm-free stuff, try taking more of a look at itch.io.

Last edited by Liam Dawe on 24 February 2020 at 11:48 am UTC

Pangaea commented on 24 February 2020 at 1:24 pm UTC

damarrinFeral sell you a Steam key. Humble sometimes have a drm free version of the game, which at least in my experience is usually just a very bare bones tar.gz without an installer, otherwise it’s a Steam key again.

This is why I stopped buying from Humble Bundle (and of course never have from Steam). They used to be great, but that must be at least 3-4 years ago now.

RimWorld is already mentioned, and got an expansion today, and you can buy both the main game and the expansion directly form them. That is what I did, as it both gives them more money and I receive it DRM Free. Win-Win

It is unfortunately not as common as it once was, but when it is I always prefer to purchase directly. Provided it's not weighed down by DRM of course, which independent games in general are not.

JJNova commented on 26 February 2020 at 2:18 am UTC

PangaeaRimWorld is already mentioned, and got an expansion today, and you can buy both the main game and the expansion directly form them. That is what I did, as it both gives them more money and I receive it DRM Free. Win-Win

Rimworld looks a LOT like Prison Architect. I poured quite a few hours into Prison Architects multiple beta builds, and then when the game was fully released I stopped playing it. heh. That's the problem with early access.

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