Valve recently announced, along with the release of the meet the Medic and the Uber update, that Team Fortress 2 is now free to play. This decision will surely shake the gaming business as TF2 is considered to offer far more content and game play than most of the premium shooters.
However, gaming is a business and Valve wouldn’t give everything for free, as the either loved or hated Mann Co Store is still rolling and appears to be a fine source of income and probably one of the main reasons they’re able to support a F2P title. Still the items that were already free will continue being free, welcome news to veteran players.
This is great news for everyone who ever wanted to play TF2 but announcements like this will always upset people that have paid for the game previously, to compensate players for this Valve have busted out a new hat! Not exactly winning the lottery but players appreciate being considered none the less.
This tactic seems to have paid off as TF2 is now the most played game on steam, taking the crown away for Counter Strike: Source, a game well known for its competitive community and highly active playerbase.
Team Fortress 2 has been a dominant player in the FPS genre for over 4 years now and it still continues to grow today.