Competition is a good thing. The advent of digital gaming platforms like Steam, Origin, and GOG (formerly Good Old Games) gives consumers more choice, and forces platform holders to stay competitive by running special promotions such as sales and free weekends. Trouble is, Steam was one of the first on the scene, and is so engrained in PC gaming that many consumers are reticent to buy games anywhere but Steam, preferring to keep their library in one place.
Enter GOG Connect, a way to consolidate your collection by linking DRM-free versions of previously purchased Steam games to your GOG account at no additional cost.
"Whether you're checking us out for the first time or looking to copy over your previous purchases, GOG Connect gives you DRM-free versions of your games, along with digital extras and the freedom to choose between standalone installers or the optional GOG Galaxy Client," representatives from GOG platform holder CD Projekt explained in a press release.
"It's our take on game ownership and we say: why buy the games more than once?"
As of right now, not all games available on Steam and GOG are eligible. GOG is working on establishing partnerships with publishers include Deep Silver, Jonathan Blow's Number None, and more so players can begin linking games. GOG Connect maintains an ongoing list of eligible titles, including FTL, Trine Enchanted Edition, Saints Row 2, The Witcher: Enhanced Edition, and Shadowrun Returns, among others.
Take note, however, that games able to be linked through GOG Connect have an expiration date. "While GOG Connect will stick around, the games available will come and go. These are limited-time offers made possible by participating developers and publishers, so stay tuned for more games to come."
Meaning, any games you link up will remain connected, but the opportunity to link them will expire—much like how Origin's On the House games are only free for a short time.
Head to GOG.com/connect to check out eligible games and get started.
* GOG.com/connect – GOG's hub that lists games eligible for Steam/GOG linking