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Free-To-Play Gaming Arrives On Steam

Valve have just announced, as a few were speculating, that they will now be supporting free-to-play (F2P) games via Steam. The first five that have now arrived on the service are Spiral Knights, Forsaken Worlds, Champions Online: Free for All, Global Agenda: Free Agent, and Alliance of Valliant Arms. There's to be "exclusive content" if you try each of them out on one of the following days until this Saturday, depending which is the "F2P game of the day". The micro-transactions will be handled by the same tech that's currently selling hats in TF2. So that's Hi Rez, Atari, Sega, Perfect World and NHN USA Inc. on board already, with surely very many more to follow. F2P is out there, there's nothing you can do to stop it. You're even - whisper - bound to start playing one soon.

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