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The 5 best game key providers

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The ability to download games and then instantly play them from the comfort of your home is one of this console generation’s modern marvels. Unless you’re a big steelbook edition collector or like having the freedom to lend games to your friends, no longer do you have to venture to the retail store and purchase a physical disc. This is thanks to Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo’s respective digital distribution platforms: Xbox Live, PlayStation Store, and the eShop.

The physical games market is already non-existent in the PC space, and rumours are continually swirling that the next iterations of Xbox One and PS4 could be entirely disc-less. It’s with that in mind that digital game key providers have arrived to fill the gap, still ensuring players can grab a good deal on any new game releases as well as old favourites.

The following is a list of what we at Console Deals consider to be the most reliable, honest digital game key retailers out there. All excel at providing digital game keys for all the latest titles both promptly and legally, redeemable on your console platform of choice. So, in no particular order…

1. CDKeys

CD Keys

Offers digital keys for: Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch

CDKeys is one of the longest-running and most recognisable brands in the world of digital game key distribution. What’s more, they accept all major forms of payment including Mastercard, Visa and even Paypal, making it more convenient than ever for players to get their digital games across platforms at a good price. Their selection of digital keys isn’t solely limited to games themselves either, but add-ons, season passes and digital currency (PSN credit, Xbox Live points) as well. CDKeys has been around for over 20 years and their regularly updated Daily Deals section rarely disappoints.

2. MMOGA

Offers digital keys for: Xbox One and PS4

MMOGA is a digital game key retailer that has been specialising in the European market for roughly 12 years. It guarantees that all game codes will arrive between 5 and 10 minutes via email after the initial purchase, ensuring that players can redeem them extremely quickly. MMOGA is affiliated with over 10,000 game publishers to offer players a wide range of titles across PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

3. Instant Gaming

Offers digital keys for: Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch

Instant Gaming has been distributing game keys digitally since the beginnings of the Xbox 360 and PS3 era back in 2005. It specialises in providing games released on and for EA Origin, Steam, Battle.net, NCSoft and Ubisoft, giving players access to a wide swathe of major releases. Instant Gaming is also fairly unique in the game key realm in that they pay just as much attention to indie games as they do Triple-A titles. Ideal for a bargain on smaller hits like Dead Cells and Slay the Spire.

4. HRK

Offers digital keys for: Xbox One and PS4

Developed and run by a devout group of passionate gamers themselves, HRK is a digital game key retailer that strive to offer customers constant discounts. They lack the ability to purchase digital Nintendo Switch games currently, but PS4 and Xbox One players will be able to find all they need – usually at a decent rate. You might need to work harder to find these as greater attention is generally paid most to PC, but the largely discounted game key deals are there.

5. Amazon 

Offers digital keys for: Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch

Amazon-UK-LogoAmazon might be one of the biggest retailers (in all departments) on the planet, but did you know that the online conglomerate is slowly building up to be a reputable game key distributer? Its main focus presently is on Nintendo Switch games, which is good for those who play here as the price of first-party titles on the eShop is rarely below RRP. However, PS4 and Xbox One game are gradually being offered as a digital download as well as physical – giving players the ability to go with their preferred choice.

What are the advantages of digital game keys?

  • Rapid delivery of digital games
  • Discounted price compared to Xbox, PlayStation and Nintendo’s online stores
  • Loyalty programmes for repeat customers (MMOGA)
  • Multiple payment options

Going all digital for your games is likely the next step for many players wanting instant and easy access to all the latest releases. The daunting drawback until now has been the higher RRP on platforms like Xbox Live, PlayStation Store and the Nintendo eShop – sometimes working out as more expensive than in a brick-and-mortar store. Now, however, digital game key retailers have arrived to ensure that players never feel the need to pay top dollar!

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