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How to download Escape from Tarkov

Escape from Tarkov is gaining a lot of traction in the gaming community. Despite its popularity, the game is not currently available to purchase or download on the usual digital distribution services such as Steam. If you’re wondering how to download Escape from Tarkov, we can help clear things up.

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If you’re confused about how or where to download Escape from Tarkov, you’re not alone. Most players assume the game would be available to purchase on services such as Steam or the Epic Games Store, but that is not the case. Instead, Escape from Tarkov is currently available for purchase exclusively through the game’s official website. However, that’s only part of the procedure needed to download and start playing the game.

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As opposed to Steam or similar services, Escape from Tarkov runs through the Battlestate Games Launcher, sometimes simply called the Escape from Tarkov launcher. And, in something of a confusing twist, the Battlestate Games Launcher becomes available for download after purchasing Escape from Tarkov through the game’s website. Once a purchase has been made, the member login page will allow you to download the Battlestate Games Launcher, which in turn allows you to download Escape from Tarkov.

This process may seem a little complicated since it’s not the way PC players are used to buying games. Still, the steps are relatively straightforward. Here’s a summary of how to download Escape from Tarkov on PC:

  1. Head to the game’s official website at and click on the large preorder image.
  2. On the preorder page, choose between one of the four available editions of the game — Standard, Left Behind, Prepare for Escape, and Edge of Darkness Limited.
  3. Follow the steps provided to complete your purchase of the game.
  4. Go back to the game’s website and login with your new credentials.
  5. From the profile page, click the button to Install the Battlestate Games Launcher.
  6. Once the launcher has been installed, log in, then you can finally download Escape from Tarkov.

Figuring out how to download Escape from Tarkov is kind of a puzzle. Thankfully, the process isn’t too obtuse: Buy the game, install the launcher, then download the game. It might take a little longer to get up and running when compared to Steam downloads, but the process is largely identical otherwise.