Steam gets free-to-play games

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


  • Fusionmix - June 15, 2011 3:28 a.m.

    @Asmodean Nice one, mate :P
  • ThatGuyFromTV - June 15, 2011 12:59 a.m.

    Nice, I love Spiral Knights. Great game, feels a lot like A Link to the Past. btw Asmodean, might want to check your spelling.
  • Maverik770 - June 14, 2011 9:21 p.m.

    Honestly I was a bit surprised to see this on Steam this morning when I logged into it to check out the daily deals. But now that I think about it more, it makes sense. Steam is every where in PC gaming these days. Which honestly imo is not a bad thing. Keep it up Valve! ;D
  • Asmodean - June 14, 2011 8:58 p.m.

    Ohh Valve how I love thee, let me cunt the ways....
  • ColonelKc - June 14, 2011 8:14 p.m.

    Eh, i dont like them as much because of micro transaction reasons.

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