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Free to Play Games Now Available on Steam

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Valve has added five free-to-play games on Steam including, Forsaken World, Champions Online, Global Agenda: Free Agent and a few others.

Tuesday Valve Software said that its highly-popular digital distribution platform Steam now plays host to free-to-play (F2P) games with the addition to five new titles. 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).

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. In-game transactions in all of the titles will be supported by Steam's micro-transaction backend system that is available to Steamworks partners and currently used in Valve's Team Fortress 2. Spiral Knights will kick-off the event on Wednesday and AVA will wrap things up on Sunday.

"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."

Specific details on the "F2P games of the day" and their exclusive in-game content will be made available in the coming days, Valve said.

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    11796pcs , June 15, 2011 12:26 AM
    Only a matter of time before I start kissing Valve's toe when they allow for FRAPS-like recording through Steam.
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    Anonymous , June 15, 2011 12:39 AM
    Champions Online: Free-For-All is Free For All :D 
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    Stardude82 , June 15, 2011 1:00 AM
    Did anybody catch last Friday's Penny Arcade comic?
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    Benihana , June 15, 2011 2:10 AM
    11796pcsOnly a matter of time before I start kissing Valve's toe when they allow for FRAPS-like recording through Steam.

    It's working great for the Source engine, it'll be neat when they figure out how to get a method to work with all games. :D 
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    cold fire , June 15, 2011 2:50 AM
    11796pcsOnly a matter of time before I start kissing Valve's toe when they allow for FRAPS-like recording through Steam.


    I'd rather games include a theater mode similar to the one in the Halo games on the 360. It doesn't require much space or resources and you get record clips in a free-roam camera mode.
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    nukemaster , June 15, 2011 3:12 AM
    There have been free to play games for a while. just because they are not advertised when you open steam does not mean it has not been there.
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    kingnoobe , June 15, 2011 4:56 AM
    Nuke who said otherwise? This is simply saying now their on steam, and steam is basically advertising for them.
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    ughx , June 15, 2011 10:39 AM
    don't care about "f2P" we care about "HL E3"
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    macewrox , June 15, 2011 12:50 PM
    So Valve about Half Life 3
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    Parsian , June 15, 2011 3:05 PM
    Valve, uve converted an atheist to worship u, so plz give us Eps 3.
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    thrasher32 , June 15, 2011 3:12 PM
    Steam is the shiz-nat, period. Now they have free games, world domination looms....
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    sliem , June 15, 2011 3:46 PM
    Stardude82Did anybody catch last Friday's Penny Arcade comic?


    Lol awesome. I wish Blizzard would make WoW F2P.
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    dioxholster , June 15, 2011 6:03 PM

    "This item is currently unavailable in your region"


    thanks for nothin
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    wildwell , June 15, 2011 6:26 PM
    Nice, I always like, "Free!"
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    Filiprino , June 15, 2011 6:37 PM
    cold fireI'd rather games include a theater mode similar to the one in the Halo games on the 360. It doesn't require much space or resources and you get record clips in a free-roam camera mode.

    Oh, do you mean a recording mode that almost all games have? Sorry but that only records scripted movies. If you want a real video file you have to use resource hungry methods.
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    gti88 , June 15, 2011 6:44 PM
    I'd rather play chess with my dog, than try these "games".
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    f4nt4sm4 , June 15, 2011 9:41 PM
    dioxholster"This item is currently unavailable in your region"thanks for nothin

    Its just AVA, the other 3 are playable and my preference is Spiral Knights :D 
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    jimmysmitty , June 15, 2011 10:35 PM
    sliemLol awesome. I wish Blizzard would make WoW F2P.


    And give up the millions upon millions they rake in bumping the level cap by 10 levels every few years?

    Nah.
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    doped , June 16, 2011 12:53 AM
    more like gratis, it's definitely not free when i HAVE to play it while steam is running, hogging my resources and restricting my every move with drm bs. Sorry, but you're using the word 'free' all wrong!
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    fir_ser , June 17, 2011 6:12 PM
    Another company adopting the F2P model.