Subscription services are also available from some third-party companies, though their value is up for debate.
EA Access is $4.99 a month or $29.99 annually for a library of EA titles, early access, and a 10 percent discount for Xbox games. EA’s Origin Access also offers many of the same benefits, at the same price, for PC games.
The Epic Games Store is a new storefront designed to compete with Steam. While it lacks most of the deal-tracking features of competitors, it does regularly offer free games. Check in every two weeks.
If you’re into game streaming, Twitch Prime gives you access to a monthly selection of free games, free game loot, and exclusive discounts. It’s part of Amazon’s Prime service, which runs $12.99 a month or $119 per year.
Utomik is a weird one. While it doesn’t offer many major titles or recent releases, it does have a deep selection of hard-to-find titles from Disney, Warner Bros., Sega, Epic Games, and more. It’s $6.99 a month or $9.99 for the family plan.
PC gamers don’t have as many choices as console owners do, but Nvidia’s GeForce Now lets you play many games for free. It’s available on Mac, PC, or the Nvidia Shield TV. Be warned, though, because there is a long waiting list for PC.
The better bet is to sign up for Humble Monthly, a curated selection of monthly titles that can be redeemed on Steam. Subscribe for $12 a month and get around $100 worth of games.