Gamersgate have announced a new ad supported platform that will apparantly bring some normally pay for titles to the PC/MAC for free.
The idea is you get shown an ad before launching the game. They say they have 3000 titles on their site, and hope a lot of them will be in the platform for launch, so this would hopefully include some AAA titles. To be fair I doubt very much that blockbuster releases will be available straight away, but I'd hope for some pretty decent ones to appear.
It would be a great way to be able to try a game before actually buying it. I'm sure there's a few of us on here are guilty of buying a game then only playing it for so long, or maybe not that often, perhaps this would save some money and let you try a new game without the financial outlay.
Currently taking beta applications (follow the deal link and enter your e-mail) to start beta testing mid-june.
From the Gamersgate press release.
GamersGate Announces Launch of FreeGames, an Ad Supported platform for PC and Mac Games
Beta Opening in mid-June with Anticipated Launch in September
NEW YORK – June 8, 2011 - GamersGate, the premier digital distribution service for games, today announced the launch of FreeGames, a free-to-play ad supported platform for PC and Mac
games. FreeGames allows users to play and enjoy both PC and Mac titles free of charge after watching a short advertisement at the launch of the game. Gamers will be able to have up to five games available for free on their account at any time with the capability to add additional games.
With over 3,000 titles, GamersGate has the largest catalog of games available for download on the web. The company expects that a large portion of them will be available in the ad-supported model at launch.
“The new service offers the best of both worlds for both gamers and publishers,” said Theodore Bergquist, CEO at GamersGate. “Gamers can play games for free, catch up on franchises or try a
game out before they buy. Publishers will receive ad revenue while expanding their audience.
We’ve always been at the forefront of the digital delivery business and I’m confident that our new service will help reshape the industry.”
For more information on the upcoming FreeGames service, check out http://www.gamersgate.com/freegames
The FreeGames beta will open in mid-June.