Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Steam Now Offering Free To Play Games

Steam may best be known for pay to play downloadable games, however that might be changing. Starting today Steam is now now hosting to free-to-play (F2P) games with the addition of five new titles which will be available immediately. The launch titles are Spiral Knights, Forsaken World, Champions Online: Free for All, Global Agenda: Free Agent, and Alliance of Valliant Arms (AVA).

"The introduction of Free to Play games is another example of the constant evolution of Steam," said Jason Holtman, director of business development at Valve. "Free to Play games offer new game genres and game experiences for customers, while offering developers and publishers new revenue opportunities and the ability to reach customers in areas of the world where the traditional packaged goods model is less popular than F2P."

For those that aren't sure what FTP means, its basically just what it sounds like. Free-to-Play games are available to download from Steam for free and can be played without a subscription or a credit card. You will have the option to use your Steam wallet to purchase items and content in-game to customize your gameplay but you won't be required to.

To help promote the launch Valve said that, beginning Wednesday and concluding on Sunday, each of the five launch titles will offer exclusive in-game content to those who try the "F2P game of the day" on Steam. The specific details on the "F2P games of the day" and their exclusive in-game content will be made available during their launch date.

For those of you wanting to checkout the F2P games you'll need to download the latest version of Steam. For details on the games you can visit one of the links below and you can click here to read the Free-to-Play FAQ.

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