Valve announced today that it is now offering Free-to-Play MMORPG’s to its customers via Steam. The move follows a similar announcement earlier this week from rival digital distribution platform GamersGate. Games available for play immediately includes Spiral Knights, Forsaken Worlds, Champions Online: Free for All, Global Agenda: Free Agent, and Alliance of Valliant Arms (AVA). All of the titles will be supported by Steam’s micro-transaction backend system that is available to Steamworks partners and used in Team Fortress 2.
"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. Expect new games to be added on a regular basis. You can check out the new sub-genre on Steam here.