Free to Play tag
Tag created in June 2017
Free to Play's popularity amongst developers
This graph shows games released over the years with the Free to Play tag and the percentage they represent. The number of releases gives an appreciation of the quantity of games published each year. It often tends to increase naturally, just like the total amount of Steam games released.
The percentage gives a better estimate of the tag's trend. It shows if the Free to Play tag is getting more or less popular amongst developers. The Review chart can let us know if this trend is a positive thing (i.e. players interest for the tag is growing) or a negative one (the tag is overcrowded).
The Free to Play tag has peaked in 2020, with 888 games released. The tag's popularity is in a range between 1% in 2019 and 0.04% in 2023.
Bear in mind that 2023 is not over yet. The number of releases will continue to increase, but the percentage is already a good estimate of things to come.
Free to Play's popularity amongst players
This graph displays the reviews for games associated with the Free to Play tag, both as count and as a percentage of all Steam reviews, and the value for an average game. If the normalized and average lines are too small, you can deactivate the review count and % of the average lines by clicking on the legend.
While the review count clearly quantifies the reviews a tag receives, keep in mind that it also follows the popularity of Steam itself. The value normalized as a percentage of all Steam reviews is often more revealing, as it gives you the popularity trend for Free to Play tag games.
A standard game associated with this tag received on average between 43 (2010) and 1850 (2014) reviews. Bear in mind that it is the average, and it can be strongly influenced by extreme values, like the release of a very popular game with this tag.
The reviews per game as a percentage of the average show that games in the Free to Play tag received between 119% (2010) and 285% (2014) reviews compared to other tags.
Price of games tagged with Free to Play
This graph displays the evolution of the Free to Play tag's games price in USD over the years, and the percentage of free to play games in this tag. Bear in mind that there is inflation over time, which means that a price should slowly increase just to keep the same value.
The median price for Free to Play games peaked in 2014 at 6.99$, and bottomed in 2015 at 0.99$. The free to play ratio peaked in 2017 at 94%, and bottomed in 2023 at 53%.
Positive reviews ratio for Free to Play, per language
This chart shows an aggregated Steam rating for all the Free to Play tag games, classed by language. It helps estimate how different audiences judge a game with this tag. A lower rating doesn't necessarily mean that the audience doesn't like that tag. Some cultures have different standards and expectations. It will however affect a game's rating nonetheless.
The highest rating for Free to Play is 90% for the Romanian language, and the lowest is 72% for the Japanese language.
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