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Free to Play: Why it’s Better for Developers to Give Away Their Games

"The proliferation of mobile apps continue to change how we interact and utilize technology in every day lives. Not only that, but the new abundance of free and freemium games challenges the traditional big studio approach to gaming pre-smartphone technology. Developers are coming to realize that giving away their games for free increases their chances of attracting more players (and more cash). Here are five benefits for developers who release their games for free." -BootHammer

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kraideral835d ago

Free to play has always been a double edged sword. In one hand they free and in the other they are not really. I hate the bullshit energy bars or time limits, but I don't really care that much in mobile games which are designed to be played in small chunks. But imagine if Titanfall or any other multiplayer game had a numbered time of respawns...that would be awful. Sure there are games that do F2P right like Planetside 2, but I think we are way off from a large F2P market

Benjaminkno835d ago

I like the term "free to start".

No game is free.

BakPAin835d ago

Lol.. I just had to dude.

If you get it "Free" and "Play" it...then yeah its Free to Play. Lol..

Benjaminkno835d ago

My point is that somebody spent a lot of time typing the program that you're playing for free.

And time is money, so... "lol"

rayzorn835d ago

i went thru path of exile two times and never put a cent into it. nothing you do in that game you need to pay for. its all cosmetic.

alot of people say its better then diablo 3. cant speak for that since i bought diablo 3 on launch and still havent even played it yet. all my friends where playing poe so i never got around to it yet.

BootHammer835d ago

Great points guys. It's definitely a gamble but some do really well under this market where others make the "free" versions way too restrictive as Kraideral mentioned.

Revvin835d ago

F2P often translates to P2W - Pay to Win, if you're not careful you can end up paying many more times over the price of a game priced at the normal rate either in the App Store or retail.

BootHammer835d ago

P2W...LOL, I'm sure that happens a lot. Some people really get addicted to some of these more casual games and lose sight of how much money they spend on them. Another great point!

BakPAin835d ago

Yeah, F2P microtransactions is outrageous! Take for instance Temple Run! It free to play but characters would cost you $20 or more,a costume would cost you the same! You would pay well over $200 easy to unlock all items for that game!

N4GJD835d ago

There is nothing good about the Free-to-Play business model, period!

HumanatPlay835d ago

Very true, F2P model bares a strong resemblance to casino business models. As you play it becomes harder and harder for you to win and so the ego kicks in and before you know it you've gone way over retail price. Don't let this gambling business model fool you into spending more money than you should.

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