Crytek CEO: Team Fortress 2 is “not quite free-to-play”

Wednesday, 6th March 2013 20:45 GMT By Phil Owen

You can play Team Fortress 2 without paying any money, but will you be on an even keel with people who do drop some cash on better, crafted weapons than the free ones? Crytek’s Cervat Yerli says no, and that TF2 is only “70 percent free-to-play.”

“It’s on the way to be there, it’s a good model and it works for them, but there is still pay to win there and I don’t like that,” Yerli told PCGamesN.

“There’s some great experiment there, with user-generated content, but you buy items. You have to buy items… A free to play game doesn’t allow you to sell items. This is the issue I have with that. We would allow communities to create items for virtual currency, but you can’t really go with commercial items because that’s pay to win.”

Do you think user-generated items in TF2 should cost real money? Why or why not?



  1. CyberMarco

    Says the guys who is behind Warface, an upcoming pay2win game…

    #1 2 years ago
  2. wishdokta

    Dunno if the problem is Yerli chatting all day long or news sites covering it.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. SplatteredHouse

    Yerli’s the one that needs investigating by PETA. He’s just been overworking the manatees so much, this week!
    How do you possibly reach all the way from “Community Created Content” right over the vast ocean into the wartorn city-state of “Pay-to-Win” and then, equate the two as one and the same?
    Where is that connection.
    @2: completely agree.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. DSB

    Kinda makes you wonder if he’s ever played it.

    You can build a pretty decent arsenal without ever buying anything, and the standard weapons are perfectly competitive, even if they aren’t as cool as some of the others.

    That’s what makes it a good F2P model in my opinion. What’s being kept from the non-paying crowd is the diversity of the gameplay, not actually the gameplay itself, and it still provides you with a trickle of premium content at absolutely no cost, which you can even trade if you want.

    The same thing kinda goes for LoL. Your choice is limited, but your ability to compete isn’t.

    It provides value for those who pay, without taking it away from those who don’t.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. nklh4x0r

    TF2 is all about hats and money

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Ajsman

    Yeah right… That is why after 4 years of playing TF2 and unlocking almost all new weapons for free I still use the default ones. Coz IMO, default weapons are still the best.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. penniman

    Funny.. Because I never spent a dime on TF2 and yet I play the game just fine.. Get plenty of kills with stranges which are equivalent to the vanilla weapons.. I don’t think this guy ever played TF2 to be honest.. And he should stop complaining about other games and start worrying about his own games.. Which frankly aren’t that good.. Also, the main person to blame for Crytek’s problems is the CEO..

    #7 2 years ago
  8. WENDiGO

    This man always has something to complain about -_- Why is this man the CEO of Crytek? He’s embarrassing his own company…

    #8 2 years ago
  9. ojinnvoltz

    Pay to win? On the whole, the default weapons are still the best.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. nollie4545

    Someone stop listening to this cock. If TF2 was such a giant con, then clearly no one would install and play it, stupid fool.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Beta

    Do we need to know this man’s opinion on everything?

    #11 2 years ago
  12. KrazyKraut
    Excerpt from a chat I had with American McGee

    “If you’ve played with the Nexus lately, you know that there’s nothing like Akaneiro out there for you. And I agree, F2P has been poorly implemented, greedy, horrible, but we’re going to do it right. If you don’t want to play small amounts or grind you don’t have to: you can just pay $20 to unlock all maps and bam, no more micro-transactions.”

    So there will be never a real F2P. How will Crytek fund them self? How they want to pay there folks? Yerli is an idiot, to be that shameless cocky!!!!!!!!!!

    #12 2 years ago
  13. manamana

    DSB nailed it pretty much: “What’s being kept from the non-paying crowd is the diversity of the gameplay, not actually the gameplay itself …” and “It provides value for those who pay, without taking it away from those who don’t.”

    Obviously Valve has sure instinct on how to approach f2p. Whereas most others fail badly because of their greed.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. o0o057

    The thing with Team Fortress 2 is that for every single item in the game there is actually a chance to randomly find them, but the rarer the item obviously there is a less chance of finding it. What buying the item does is it just gives people a shorter way of getting the item that they want rather than waiting every week for the number of items you can find to reset. Although Valve still wants to give something of a bonus if you do decide to spend actual money on TF2, so what they did is they made it so that once you purchased even one item, no matter how cheap, you would be given more storage space for items in your inventory, and it allows you to trade with other players therefore allowing you to have another way of getting the item that you want with having to spend anything more than you did for that one purchase. Selling items also allows Valve to continue to make all of their games bigger and better therefore translating to a funner experience for all players. I do think though that you had a good idea here, but you where a bit too narrow minded about the topic therefore causing you to upset some of the people that commented on this. I would also like to speak to my fellow commentators on this post that than just acting like a child and name call, insult racially/meanly, and/or swear due to anger that maby you should either not look at these posts if you don’t like them or if you still decide to read them either just don’t comment or if you do please just grow up and act towards this person the same way that you would to your closest friend. Thank you all for your attention for this last section of this comment, and I hope that you all take it to heart. o0o057

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Sadismek

    The weapons are free, and those which actually cost a lot are either stranges or cosmetical skins. Then there are hats, of which only few actually give you useful buffs.

    In the end it all comes to skill, and you can try as much as you want to convince us otherwise, Yerli, but as far as I can remember, you can’t buy skill and experience.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. o0o057

    That was very well said Sadismak and I would have to agree with your fact that skill beats items everytime. I heard about this once, it goes something like this: “In a battle, an archer with the best bow around, but lacks in skill will almost always lose to another who is throwing pebbles, but is highly skilled.”

    #16 2 years ago

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