Article published on Tuesday, June 14th, 2011
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Valve has stepped into the free-to-play game business by launching five game titles on their Steam platform that will be free to download and play. Most known for the first person shooters Half-Life, Left 4 Dead and Counter-Strike, Steam will now be working with big F2P game publishers like Ijji, Perfect World, Atari/Cryptic Studios and Sega/Three Rings to bring to you the best gaming experience. The Steam platform has over 30 million users that will now be able to play five free-to-play games on their platform as well as purchase in-game items with the introduction of Steam Wallet. The Steam Wallet allows players to add funds that can be used to purchase virtual goods for these games. The free-to-play games that are currently available on Steam are: Global Agenda: Free Agent, Forsaken World, Spiral Knights, Alliance of Valiant Arms and Champions Online. Steam users can expect more free-to-play game titles coming soon to the platform so be sure to sign up!

"The introduction of free-to-play games is another example of the constant evolution of Steam," said Jason Holtman, Valveā€™s director of business development. "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."