Origin and Battle.net are nice enough vacation spots, but for over a decade, Steam has been PC gaming’s de facto hub town. Valve has left us wanting at times, but we’ve grown fond of Steam’s endlessly growing stock of games, its community and multiplayer features, and its seasonal discount sprees.
There are other PC game distributors, but none that have really challenged Steam. Yet when Fortnite became a phenomenon in 2018, Epic was emboldened in a way we didn’t predict. The Epic Games Store, which it launched late last year, is unlikely to replace Steam anytime soon, but it won’t be for a lack of trying, or money.