When comparing Desura vs G2A, the Slant community recommends G2A for most people. In the question“What are the best online stores to purchase PC games cheaply?” G2A is ranked 8th while Desura is ranked 12th.
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Pro Strong Linux presence
Linux support is a core feature of Desura. All games in the storefront are tagged as to whether or not they will run on Linux.
Pro Alphafunding permits sale of works in progress
Desura calls their early access program "Alphafunding." Games must show a minimum level of development, and must show active development or risk being removed.
Pro Indie Royale bundles can boost sales
Indie Royale is a joint venture of Desura and IndieGames.com which sells bundles of games on a pay-what-you-want basis (but with a minimum price). Most games sold via Indie Royale bundle are Desura titles.
Pro Makes steam games affordable
Pro Typically significantly less expensive than competing services
As G2A is a user marketplace, keys may be purchased during sales and resold for significantly less than current market value. Because of this, keys tend to be very inexpensive in comparison to Steam, Origin, and Uplay.
Con Desura's Parent company filed for bankruptcy
Con Risk of stolen keys
As G2A is a user-driven market place, not all keys sold may be legitimate. Anyone from anywhere can list a key for sale à la eBay and Amazon. However, like eBay and Amazon, G2A provides the seller's feedback rating and number of sales prior to purchase.
Con Opt-out service on checkout that is easy to miss, which charges and subscribes the purchaser to something they may not need or want
Many people have reported issue with the "Shield" subscription service, that seems to auto subscribe users when purchasing keys. It has also been reported that is is pretty difficult to get this subscription turned off, which can be frustrating for those that never wanted it in the first place.