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GOG moves to challenge Steam and Origin with GOG Galaxy platform
June 5, 2014 | By Alex Wawro has long billed itself as a digital distribution platform for DRM-free PC games, and now it's doubling down on that moniker by launching a standalone client called GOG Galaxy.

The company announced GOG Galaxy during its "Summer Conference" livestream today and offered scant details about how the platform will work or when it will launch, though it promised to provide more information later this year. took pains to portray GOG Galaxy as an "optional platform" that will not incorporate any additional DRM technology. According to the teaser video (embedded above), users will be able to do things like create profiles, communicate with friends on the service and enable the client to automatically download updates for games.

GOG Galaxy is being positioned as a DRM-free alternative to extant digital distribution platforms like Steam, and it's not alone -- Trion Worlds recently launched its DRM-free platform Glyph in an attempt to carve out a market niche for a digital storefront with a small catalog of games that's built into existing MMORPG clients.

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Jed Hubic
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I will definitely do this. My biggest issue with GOG which is minor, is that I'm spoiled by not having to download installers and patches. This is a perfect solution and if I can choose I'd always like to support GOG.

Lars Doucet
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Neat! Now where's the API?

E Zachary Knight
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I am pretty excited about this news. However, I am still waiting for Linux support. I know it is coming but I wish it would come faster.

Ian Richard
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Any other company and I'd shrug it off and refuse to use it. But GOG has always impressed me. Half the old games I've bought on steam don't even work and I've never had a problem on GOG.

It'll be nice to have my GOG games in one place for a change.

Dane MacMahon
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I like GOG's DRM free and simple installer approach, but hated buying modern games there because of the patching process and the lack of certain Steam features. Will definitely be interested in seeing where this goes.

Shame they couldn't announce and launch though, which I feel like most clients have.

Hakim Boukellif
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I like that it's optional (though I'll still give it a try). Hopefully this will reduce the number of voices bleating "STEAM!" every time a game only gets sold at DRM-free stores.