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The text of the entry was: Did you know ... that a survey found women in free-to-play massively multiplayer online games spent, on average, 50% more money than men?

"System requirements"[edit]

The article says high system requirements is a problem that can be solved by FTP. It should be explained, why. A full price game can be developed with low system requirements while FTP can also be designed with the latest tech in mind and high requirements. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:06, 4 August 2014 (UTC)

Exactly, that explanation doesnt make any sense. System requirements have nothing to do with the business model. -- (talk) 00:03, 24 January 2018 (UTC)


You can use the term "free-to-play", sure, but is it actually used professionally? I'd call software that is "free-to-play" freeware. And "Some of these games have both a free version and a Pay-to-play version that offers the full version of the game and all of the updates" sounds like shareware to me. And even if "free-to-play" is valid as a term of its own, an article isn't needed to tell the reader what can already be concluded from the name. There are currently 7 articles linking to free-to-play (excluding talk pages).

– Andreas Blixt  21:47, 14 June 2006 (UTC)

freeware implies everything is free. In F2P games it is only playing that is free, but there are always a lot of features that can be bought only with real money. Shinhan 09:35, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
This term is extremely common, actually, and there are quite a few games which use it. Advertisements were recently run for the game Warhawk which used the term to mean that the online portion of the game did not require a subscription (I believe games such as SOCOM on the Playstation 2 required a subscription to play online). Many MMOs, particularly ones out of Korea and China, use free-to-play business models (most are so-called micro-transaction models, meaning that players use real money to buy virtual game items). Many articles could link to this, but do not because the games are not well-known. Nonetheless, the page needs cleanup. --Anon (talk) 13:32, 17 November 2007 (UTC)

Wait, its 3 catergories, f2p dosent inculde b2p.

F2p = Free to play as in runescape, flyff, legend of ares. TOTALLY free to play and download. B2p = Buy to play as in guildwars and most gun games like cs, you buy it then your good no monthly stuff. P2p = Pay to play in which games that are montly payed like WoW , EQ and stuff.

I someone should edit this article in this way so it makes sense. B2p and f2p arnt the same thing =P. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:47, 17 April 2008 (UTC)

You could have just done that yourself, ~ R.T.G 22:35, 17 February 2009 (UTC)

I removed "Others conduct free-to-play services as for gaming to be substantially alive but charging through other means, as for in-game items and money." from the end of the second paragraph because it seems a little redundant (other than mentioning in-game money), but also because it is unclear what the original editor intended to say. What does it mean for gaming to be "substantially alive" in this case? -- pale (talk) 19:01, 15 July 2009 (UTC)

I removed "http://www[DOT]F2P[DOT]info Free 2 Play" (Broken link on purpose) It's not a proper citation, nor is it anywhere nearly a comprehensive listing of games currently available in the F2P market. It is essentially a bunch of readily available YouTube clips slapped together on a page with advertising. Someone is trying to profit off this page. Netgoth (talk) 16:09, 20 August 2009 (UTC)

Shouldn't the term "free to play" only be hyphenated when it's being used as a compound modifier? That's how the term "pay to play" is used and is reflected as such in its wiki listing. —Alika|Alex 21:11, 5 September 2016 (UTC)


Should a list of F2P games be put on this article? Should those games be in an F2P category? -- (talk) 14:02, 12 May 2009 (UTC)

I vote no, if only because the nightmarish amount of work that would be involved in maintaining a list of that nature. There are literally hundreds of F2P MMO games in the Western market alone. Opening it up to all F2P non-MMO flash/etc. games would put that number into the thousands, if not tens of thousands. Now, compound that for every market around the world, different localizations, etc. You get the idea. Netgoth (talk) 16:27, 20 August 2009 (UTC)

Merge with Freeware?[edit]

Just turn this into a part of the Freeware article, perhaps? I dunno, this is somewhat stubby. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:12, 2 May 2010 (UTC)

Absolutely not, since freeware and free-to-play are arguably complete opposites. They could of course be included in article describing all software business models, but that is not what you said. -- EsotericRogue Talk 00:40, 28 September 2010 (UTC)


How comes this is in this article 'has allowed Mojang, the company behind the game, to release a full version of Minecraft in November 2011.' according to my calendar it is still August 2011. So why does it say 'allowED [...] to release [...] in November 2011' so why does it sound as if November has already passed? (talk) 07:30, 26 August 2011 (UTC)

Changed it to "will allow". I used "has allowed" initially because I was trying to say that it allowed the company to prepare for a November 2011 release. i.e. They were so confident in the product that they were willing to say that a full version would come on X date in the future. Gary King (talk · scripts) 12:21, 26 August 2011 (UTC)
Minecraft isn't even free to play. Irrelevant material removed. GDallimore (Talk) 14:02, 26 August 2011 (UTC)

Freemium/Virtual good/Micropayment/Microtransaction[edit]

I was surprised we didn't have an article on microtransactions, which is a pretty significant topic related to the balloning F2P model, so I've started an article on the subject. I felt it was worthwile to create it a separate article from this one, as this article is already quite long, addresses only video games, and with consideration that microtransactions are also found in some paid games (for example TF2 before it went free, the buyable map-pack in Angry Birds Star Wars, etc). However, I've noticed we now have articles on the following distinct but heavily related topics:

  • Free-to-play
  • Micropayment - a very small transaction of money in a digital environment; the term seems more general than microtransaction and might for example include buying an MP3 for a dollar or a newspaper article for 50 cents in addition to buying an in-game item or what have you
  • Virtual good - a digital/virtual good (such as an in-game item) that can be purchased via micropayment
  • Microtransaction - the exchange of a micropayment for a virtual good or a small feature
  • Freemium - an application that is free but offers microtransactions or subscription services

These concepts are all distinct (freemium can apply to software besides games, a microtransaction is specific to the purchase of an item or feature used inside an application and can occur outside of free games) but there is a lot of room for overlap between them, and I'm not sure how to break up the material or whether some of the articles should be merged. Any input on the subject would be appreciated. Some guy (talk) 06:07, 2 December 2012 (UTC)[edit] removing this link for now but would like discussion in the future about the website in question. It is linked as a "list of free to play games" but only contains 1 game, the rest are "waiting to be filled out" and contain nothing more than a placeholder with no name of the game or timeline to show when, if ever, the rest of the list will be filled out. The website link therefore is misleading, and the website itself actually seems to be stealth advertising (we get a lot of that here on wikipedia, let's be honest) as opposed to a legitimate attempt at cataloging every free to play game in existence. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:12, 31 March 2014 (UTC)

"Pay 2 win"[edit]

The article is missing to point that some publishers tend to use the "gambling effect" described here, to make the advanced levels of free-2-play game virtually impossible to achieve without buying "premium" content, therefore pushing players to spend money, as otherwise will lost all time spended in previous levels. --Sully76cl (talk) 20:50, 7 January 2015 (UST)

I would be glad to include such stuff. Got a reliable source that encapsulates this idea? Zero Serenity (talk - contributions) 22:04, 7 January 2015 (UsT)

-- Yes There is publishers Wiki Users who removing this model from Wikipedia, They want hide this model because have an interest in it . Pay to Win is strong commercial model and like I see there in Wikipedia are people who defend this interest. One of strongest is in call of war, where Users can't even talk about it on forum, Their accounts are banned if They trying discuss about this model for certain period, problem mainly known in This game on forum, This topic is forbidden subject --Darek555 (talk) 07:51, 1 November 2017 (UTC)

Pay to win needs its own article. There are many games which are not free to play and still include pay to win features, see for example Archeage. prokaryotes (talk) 18:27, 2 November 2017 (UTC)
There's absolutely no reason why it needs its own article. It's an obvious conceptual variant/type of "free to play". We're not a dictionary where you have an entry for every term out there. Sergecross73 msg me 19:20, 2 November 2017 (UTC)
Sergecross73 I just find it confusing to be directed here when I want to read about pay-to-win.-. prokaryotes (talk) 19:42, 2 November 2017 (UTC)
I think pay-to-win could have its own article, though someone would have to research it and start a draft. I think the topic "pay-to-win" is separate (enough) from "free-to-play". Most sources I find with a casual Google News search are news sources about specific games. We don't want to write a list of pay-to-win controversies, of course. Either way, until then, I think this article does a fair job explaining the subject. ~Mable (chat) 20:00, 2 November 2017 (UTC)

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Jim Sterling uses this term liberally when discussing full priced games with microtransactions that should be in Free-to-Play games. Is it worth talking about here or somewhere? Zero Serenity (talk - contributions) 16:58, 11 September 2017 (UTC)

Pay to Win - Solidarity alert for real Editors ![edit]

There are the authors who are trying to protect a hidden business. I noticed this tendency, with the pay-to-win definition. Someone is trying to remove posts about this model. Since there is no no-pay-to-win then there must also be pay-to-win logic. Pay-to-win models are the whole mass. These are the games in which the payment very strongly interferes with the game-play, allowing any player to change the game-play. In a word, payment is an element of the game that can affect the game progression. Many developers of such games do not like when their game so defined, because they become less prestigious. Players do not value such games where the skill of playing is not counted but paying. Imagine a poker game in which a player would pay for a card he might get, does that make sense? In a word of game some developers have very aggressive politic, I personally encountered this. Such politic is in Call of Word, where every discussion about pay-to-win on forum is removed and player could be banned for certain period of time. This is the most extreme situation I have ever encountered.   Please take note of and respond to such authors who remove this model and report it as malicious authors of Wikipedia!--Darek555 (talk) 08:18, 1 November 2017 (UTC)

Can you link to some examples of this happening? ~Mable (chat) 09:38, 1 November 2017 (UTC)
What link do You mean ? To author who remove pay-to-win mode, this You can check in editor history, or to banned account in Call of War ? If You want check ban in Call of War just make account in this game and in forum and add post with theme like "If Call of War is Pay to Win" ?, first You will get email with alert from moderators that Your post is unproper, and post will be removed, if You will reaped this problem You will be banned, or You just don't understand pay-to-win mode ? Some definition You can find in link/cites I add in main Article. I think that there should be described such game in separate section something like: payment policy of game developers, I think this is important--Darek555 (talk) 10:12, 1 November 2017 (UTC)
Ah, it's this edit that prompted you to bring this up? Interesting issue. I'm honestly not even entirely sure what the "Pay models" section is for. "No-pay-to-win" is never explained, pay to play seems unrelated and should probably only be listed in the "See also" section. Crowdfunding is never explained in the article either. Shouldn't we just... delete this section? Pay-to-win is thoroughly described in the "Negative impact" section. ~Mable (chat) 10:47, 1 November 2017 (UTC)
Do You suggest that section Pay models is unnecessary, then for what is this free to play topic ? Do You suggest that pay models like no pay to win, pay to play, pay to win are not commonly ? And like I remember are You that person who fight with me that in Path of Exile is no permadeath mode ? :), ?--Darek555 (talk) 11:23, 1 November 2017 (UTC)
The list of "pay models" as it existed earlier today was vague and unsourced. It listed some terms, including "Pay-to-win", but didn't provide any context or explanation. I'd rather see these terms being explained in prose, as is done in the "criticism" section. I hope this solves the issue with this article. And yeah, I think I do remember talking with someone with your grammar structure about permadeath at some point. I don't really remember that incident all that well, though. ~Mable (chat) 12:28, 1 November 2017 (UTC)

As for the issue in Call of War: this falls outside of Wikipedia's juristiction, so to speak, and per WP:NOTFORUM, this is not the place to bring it up. Try social media, other forums, or contacting a news organization. ~Mable (chat) 10:48, 1 November 2017 (UTC)

For what I should contact with Call of War ? like I see there is described Dota2, Word of Tank etc, what do You suggest ?--Darek555 (talk) 11:23, 1 November 2017 (UTC)
You mentioned above that moderators on the Call of War forums were deleting any posts describing its payment model as "pay to win". That's too bad. I can't find any reliable sources commenting on the issue, however, so this isn't particularly relevant to Wikipedia. In fact, the game itself isn't even notable! Wikipedia is not the right place to right great wrongs, so to speak. If your intention is to confront Bytro Labs with this issue, Wikipedia isn't the place for it. ~Mable (chat) 12:28, 1 November 2017 (UTC)

Removing section the Criticism[edit]

I think it should be changed or removed. This is authors creativity based on describing of Dota2. For me this is a hidden advertisement and it should be removed as soon as possible. When I try add information about other games with other payment implementation it is removed. For me this is hidden commercial protection. Either game examples are examples or not, let's decide ! For me this is commercial protection.--Darek555 (talk) 14:23, 1 November 2017 (UTC)

You are not understanding the situation at all. You additions have been removed because you're trying to use a messageboard as a source. Per WP:USERG, this cannot be used as a source. Additionally, Call of War is not a very good example because it doesn't have its own Wikipedia article, or any other context around it. Examples like Dota 2 are used because its an example that is much more likely to be known and understood by the reader, especially with it having its own article. It's mention is not promotional in nature at all, its a very neutral, natural listing of the title. No offense, but I really think you need to slow down and learn about Wikipedia a little more. You seem to be jumping straight in without really understanding how the website works, and clashing with everyone as a result. Sergecross73 msg me 16:13, 1 November 2017 (UTC)

Payment models[edit]

I think this article should be expanded to cover different payment models in general, instead of just "Free-to-play" which by itself I think only merits a dictionary entry. Is there enough material out there to build such an article from? SharkD  Talk  23:18, 14 November 2017 (UTC)

I.e. something like Pricing strategies, but for video games. SharkD  Talk  23:20, 14 November 2017 (UTC)
F2P has a history, and an effect on the industry, so it wouldn't be reduced to just a dic def. But I think a comparison of video game pricing models might deserve an article, even without changing this one. Once it was created, it should be easier to see how info between this article and that one could be distributed. --A D Monroe III(talk) 23:45, 14 November 2017 (UTC)

Some sentences meaning is not clear - need logic, style and grammar improvements[edit]

In section 'Criticism':

Some suggest finding a balance between a game that encourages players to pay for extra content that enhances the game without making the free version feel limited by comparison.[35]

  • the sentence meaning is not clear;
  • Some is a weasel word;
  • the sentence structure does not follow the proper pattern "... balance between A and B". There is no B in this sentence.

In response to concerns about players using payments to gain an advantage in game, titles such as World of Tanks have explicitly committed to not giving paying players any advantages over their non-paying peers, while allowing the users buying the "gold" or "premium" ammo and expendables without paying the real money.

  • the sentence is too long and unclear (especially the second part). It should probably be split into two sentences, the first one ending at "...over their non-paying peers";
  • premium should not be quoted;
  • the 2nd part of the sentence is either:
    • incomplete: '... while allowing the users buying the "gold ...' - to do what?
    • or was intended to mean something else, most likely something like: 'The game accomplishes this by allowing users to buy premium ("gold") ammo and expendables using both, in-game currency ("silver") and real money'.

Aenchevich (talk) 09:27, 23 November 2017 (UTC)

External link to "pcgamesarchive"[edit]

As a first time visitor to, I was left clueless as to where the free-to-play list was located on their site. Using their search textbox for "free to play" returned "Fallout 4" as the only result (probably because of the keyword "free"); "f2p" and "free-to-play" both returned nothing. That left me thinking "why is this site listed in the external links of this wikipedia page as a large database of free-to-play games for PC?" After some digging through the wayback machine, I found that their home page layout was changed between July 28th, 2017 and August 28th, 2017. In their new current layout, the link to the free-to-play list (located at is nowhere to be found. How should this be handled? --BryghtShadow (talk) 14:57, 16 November 2018 (UTC)