Free-to-play games arrive on Steam

Digital distribution behemoth launches new software line with five titles: Champions Online, Alliance of Valiant Arms, Spiral Knights, Global Agenda, and Forsaken Worlds.

Valve's digital download service Steam has over 1,500 games and 30 million users, but today, it added something it never had: free-to-play games.

Valve announced today that it has rolled out its first line of free-to-play games for Steam, beginning with five launch titles: Spiral Knights, Forsaken Worlds, Champions Online: Free for All, Global Agenda: Free Agent, and Alliance of Valiant Arms.

The free-to-play games do not require a subscription or a credit card to play. However, should gamers wish to purchase in-game items or other content they will need to fill their Steam wallet with funds.

Valve now stocks free-to-play games in its store.

To celebrate the free-to-play launch, Valve will offer exclusive in-game perks for those who play the new titles this week. Beginning tomorrow with Spiral Knights and continuing until Sunday with Alliance of Valiant Arms, gamers who play the daily featured title will be able to pick up the perks.

Valve said it would offer more information on the exclusive in-game items in the coming days. For more on Steam's new games, check out the new free-to-play landing page at the service's website.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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25 comments
j3c1987
j3c1987

Steam need Warlords Battlecry 3. Since getting a 7 I cant play it anymore. Thanks a lot Microsoft.

lockstock
lockstock

will these games freeze and crash as often as the total war games? probably

DemonChorro
DemonChorro

I love steam, only place I buy games from now. Hate other companies that try to compete with Steam.

megakick
megakick

too bad none of them are very good.

furiipu
furiipu

I love Steam much better ))

FoeCrusher
FoeCrusher

Micro transactions are taking over the world!

pszone
pszone

Vaule the future company and when they get nore bigger thwy realse more games to consles and pc so EA wartch out

DitchyJ
DitchyJ

Steam your Legends! Always for the gamers and never let me down. Just hopefulyl when you take over the world, you remember that I have helped your funding :)

FusionRain
FusionRain

I love these free mmo's. It's bout time somebody started to pick up on these. Next step, console ports?

Darkmoone1
Darkmoone1

......dang the system requirements......I need a better laptop. :P

Ronnie_Rim
Ronnie_Rim

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MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

Kotick: Hey look, were releasing COD Elite were you can access stats and other junk for free but to access premium content you will have to pay a subscription even though you've already spent $90 on BlackOps! Gaben: Hey look, I'm releasing games for free! http://i37.tinypic.com/v58n4p.png

il0x0li
il0x0li

Forsaken Worlds is really bad but the others seem ok.

Goyoshi12
Goyoshi12

Steam sucks. :evil: ....away your money and time. ;)

Taix34
Taix34

ive had to say, the free to play games arent Bad at all

ZICO11
ZICO11

im married to steam for 11 years

Viiper
Viiper

@Neosword So true. I wub steam.

Neosword
Neosword

It's nice to have everything in one place.