H1Z1 Going Free to Play on Steam, "Appreciation Pack" Rewarded for Buyers


Mark Tuttle, Director of Esports at Daybreak Games noted: "The H1Z1 Pro League will bring together the best players in the world to compete in the adrenaline-filled spectacle that is H1Z1, and we can think of no other city that matches the energy and excitement of battle royale than Las Vegas".

Those who purchased H1Z1 for $19.99 in the week since its formal launch on February 28 may be upset to find that the game is now free.

Castoro said that concurrent users aren't the only metric by which his team is measuring the game's success. According to Steam Spy, H1Z1's concurrent player base is now under 10,000, a far cry from the millions of players the other two games attract on a daily basis.

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Matches will be played on Wednesdays, with the exception of the first broadcast for Split 1 on Saturday, April 21. That's not the only major announcement for H1Z1 today, as the developer also revealed that eSports will be the focus moving forward. But they're also hoping to inspire the next crop of professional players.

If you're gamer there's no way you haven't seen or heard of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) and Fortnite, two games that helped solidify the "battle royale" archetype of action-shooter to the mainstream over the past year or less.

The H1Z1 Pro League, plans for which were first announced in October 2017, will include a guaranteed player minimum salary, team owner and player representation on the governance committee, along with a comprehensive "Player Bill of Rights" and a revenue sharing model.

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Daybreak Games and Twin Galaxies announced their joint venture to create the H1Z1 Pro League in October of past year. Final player rosters have not yet been established.

Daybreak is partnering with Caesars for the H1PL, as it's being called, with pro events to be hosted at Caesar's Entertainment Studio. Nonetheless, Castoro said that Caesar's Entertainment Corporation, which operates 47 casinos in 13 US states and five different countries, is invested in Daybreak's success. "It's very much an attraction for them that they are investing in".

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