How to play GWENT: The Witcher Card Game on Mac

Screenshot of GWENT: The Witcher Card Game

GWENT: The Witcher Card Game is a popular free to play game developed by CD PROJEKT RED. It was originally released for Windows on 19 May, 2020.

You still can't play GWENT: The Witcher Card Game on Mac because a native Mac version was never released, but you can play GWENT: The Witcher Card Game on Windows running inside Mac. Here's how.

What is GWENT: The Witcher Card Game?

Here's a quick description:

Command mighty Witcher-world heroes in epic online PvP card battles!

How to play GWENT: The Witcher Card Game using Parallels

Even if you don't have a PC, you can install Windows on your Mac using Parallels. Parallels is virtualization software with full support of DirectX and GPUs, which will give you a decent graphics performance. With a couple of clicks, you can install Windows 10 on Mac and ten switch between MacOS and Windows instantly. You can run Windows just like on a regular PC, install Steam and enjoy GWENT: The Witcher Card Game game on Mac.

Even though the virtualization is relatively easy to set up, it requires you to buy both Parallels and Windows licenses. Since you'll be running two operating systems side by side, you'll need to dedicate at least 20-30GB of disk space for this setup and also a strong machine to run both operating systems at the same time.

If you have an older Mac or have a Mac with an M1 chip which doesn't fully support virtualization yet, you might want to try a virtual computer running in the cloud such as Second Computer.

How to play GWENT: The Witcher Card Game using Second Computer

Alternatively, you can create a virtual computer in the cloud using Second Computer. Instead of license fee for Windows and Parallels, you pay by the hour (so it's much cheaper if you are using it infrequently) and you control the computer via a web browser. That means even if you have an older computer, you can run the latest games in the cloud without maxing out your processor or memory.

One added benfit is that since the computer is located in the cloud, you can access it from any device you own. So in theory you can play GWENT: The Witcher Card Game not just from your Mac, but also from your iPhone and Android device (it's not going to be a very nice experience though on such a small screen size).

Either way, Second Computer provides a nice alternative for running non-native Mac apps on your Mac by connecting to a computer in the cloud.

Happy gaming!

Free to PlayStrategyRPGCard GameMultiplayer

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3 comments on this post


Jan 20, 2021

How about a few rounds of cards? Gwent, specifically. *Nods*


Aug 4, 2020

Surprisingly addictive ! From someone who made it through a long series of ridiculous mini games , from FF VII chocobo racing to Star Wars KotOR's Pazaak that can take longer than the game itself, I'm telling you this one can really keep you sucked in there. First matches were quite exciting then an absurd amount of rewards start pouring in like you've won a slot machine game to settle you in. You're being given reward points for literally owning reward points. You can basically have more than a decent deck in probably 2 hours easily.To be fair I'm not very fond of the lack of a chat room or a basic 1 on 1 chat on matches. Six emotes can barely cover anything. Can't even type a BRB for courtesy if I leave the game for a minute.


July 13, 2020

Slightly underrated card game that went under the radar for many peopleThis is the best F2P card game I've played so far. It lets you achieve almost any type of deck with minimal play time required compared to other F2P card game titles like Hearthstone. The game suffers from op meta decks like all card games do, but luckily things change every other month changing up the meta and sometimes the gameplay rules all together. "GWENT: The Witcher Card Game" is not perfect, but it is the closest Free-to-play multiplayer card game we have to perfection on steam.