You can't gift games on the Epic Games Store, as you can only buy games for your own account — here's what you need to know

Dave Johnson
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The Epic Games Store doesn't support gifting yet. Chesnot/Getty Images
  • You can't gift games through the Epic Games Store — you can only purchase games for yourself.

  • Once you purchase a game, it's linked to your Epic Games account, and can't be shared unless someone else uses your account.

  • To purchase a game from the Epic Games Store, simply find the game on Epic Games' website and click "Buy Now."

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Although the Epic Games Launcher is becoming increasingly seen as an alternative to Steam, it's still missing a lot of the features that made Steam so popular.

One of these is a gifting feature.

You can't gift games on the Epic Games Store

As of this writing, there's no way to send a game as a gift through the Epic Games Store or Launcher. When you buy a game through the Epic Games Store, it's yours, no one else's.

You could get around this by giving your username and password to a friend and letting them use your account. But that's against Epic Games' rules, and carries the risks that always come with sharing your passwords.

Although you can't send gifts, you can always purchase games for yourself. Here's how to purchase a game through the Epic Games Store, which you can use however you see fit.

How to make a purchase on Epic Games

You can buy games through the Epic Games website or Launcher app.

To use the website:

1. Open the Epic Games Store in a browser and log into your Epic Games account if you're not already signed in. 

2. Find the game you want to purchase. 

3. Click "Buy Now." 

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You can use the store on the Epic Games website to make purchases. Dave Johnson/Business Insider

4. Choose a payment method and click "Checkout" on the order summary page. 

To use the Epic Games Launcher:

1. Start the Epic Games Launcher on your desktop. 

2. In the navigation pane on the left, click "Store."

3. Find the game you want to purchase, either on the main page or by searching for it, and click "Buy Now."

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The Epic Games Launcher also includes a store where you can buy games. Dave Johnson/Business Insider

4. Choose a payment method and click "Checkout" on the order summary page. 

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