Valve working on free-to-play games

Monday, 20th June 2011 03:21 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Now that Steam has opened its doors to the freemium world, Valve has apparently admitted it has its own free-to-play games inbound.

Asked by Barre De Vie if Valve was working on its own free-to-play titles, Doug Lombardi said simply “Yes.”

“In some areas of the world, free-to-play games are already paying more than traditional games,” he said, via auto translator.

“This trend continues for some time and we believe it will continue. There are other free-to-play Steam [games] coming in with the use of micro-transactions.”

Steam added free-to-play games to its catalogue last week, launching five initial titles: Spiral Knights, Forsaken Worlds, Champions Online: Free for All, Global Agenda: Free Agent, and Alliance of Valiant Arms.

The Steam versions of these games will feature exclusive content, and although Steam is holding the details confidential, a percentage of each micro-transaction is said to feed back to Valve.

Thanks, Gamepron.



  1. ASBI

    F2P games always on PC ,, why cant they try it on consoles for a change ?

    #1 4 years ago
  2. monty12345

    @ #1 There is free realms on the playstation network.. totally free I believe.. Couldn’t tell you if it was good though.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Phoenixblight


    Because the console companies want a piece of the pie and these F2P companies don’t want to give their profit just so they can be on the console.


    Free Realms is a SOE Game.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Strandli

    I wouldn’t be surprised one bit if TF2 went F2P. They have already offered the game at a pretty darn cheap price anyway, so this would be the next logical step.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. HeavenlyGamer

    Can’t they just concentrate on Half-Life 3 instead of F2P games not many people care about anyway?

    #5 4 years ago
  6. jacobvandy

    90% chance they were referring to DOTA 2. Some of the most popular F2P games are DOTA clones, I don’t think they can put an entry fee on it, even if it is Valve + the original creator.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. TheWulf


    Yeah, I was thinking the same. It would make a lot of sense. League of Legends is raking in the money with their approach and it would make financial sense for Valve to ape that, since they have the sort of marketing clout to make DOTA 2 even more of a success than LoL.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Blerk

    Half Life Free.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. mojo

    well if half life turns out to be a free to play crapfuck than im outa here.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. AHA-Lambda

    DOTA 2 F2P?

    #10 4 years ago
  11. CaptKillsteal

    In the group that I play league with, there’s around 15 players. If Dota2 charges a price to purchase the game, I think maybe 6 of us might pick it up. If they run a F2P model similar to league of legends, all 15 of us would give it a run. If they have gameplay that gets you hooked like League, I’m sure more than half of us would pick up cosmetic items in Dota2 as well. This is just in my small group of 15 players. Magnify that over a broad player base and they’d be blind to charge to play it.

    #11 4 years ago

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