Steam gets free-to-play games

Exclusive in-game content offered for those who try Valve’s “F2P game of the day”

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The Steam monster’s rampage continues. Not content with pocketing our cash from its regular and reasonable sales, the digital distribution service has added free-to-play games and micro-transactions its catalogue. Starting today players can download and start playing Spiral Knights, Forsaken Worlds, Champions Online: Free for All, Global Agenda: Free Agent, and Alliance of Valliant Arms.

Steam will also offer exclusive in-game content for those who try out the highlighted “F2P game of the day.” Today’s game of the day will be Spiral Knights and Valve will pick a different title to highlight each day of the week, ending the free offerings with Alliance of Valiant Arms this Sunday.

Above: Silly hats for everyone. Steam is now offering free-to-play titles for download with micro-transaction support

Above: Alliance of Valiant Arms (aka AVA) was featured in our Best FREE shooters feature

Free-to-play games often have to deal with the stigma that they can’t possibly be any good since they’re free. But as we continue to see publishers benefiting from the free-to-play/micro-transaction business model, we’re seeing more quality titles with higher production values releasing under the radar of the mainstream games media. On a related note, GamesRadar will continue to do its best to introduce you to free-to-play titles of note with our regular closed beta programs and in-game item giveaways.

Jun 14, 2011