The free internet is one of the internet giants biggest successes, but the benefits haven’t been shared equally.
The online gaming giant Blizzard announced earlier this week that it was ending its online service for its free-to-play MMO Heroes of the Storm and starting a new subscription service.
It’s a decision that was largely welcomed by the community and is an effort to better serve players.
Blizzard also said it would continue to provide free game updates for Heroes of Warcraft, Overwatch, and Dota 2, and it plans to release free games in the future.
While there is some debate about how much value these games bring to the community, a number of them have been hugely popular.
There’s a reason they’re free.
They’ve become a staple of our lives, and they’ve been the bedrock of online gaming since its inception in 2006.
If you’ve spent a day playing a game like Overwatch, you’re likely familiar with the idea of “free time,” or time in which you have to make your own decisions without having to worry about getting stuck in the grind of other players.
That’s a lot of free time for the average player to get bored of, and a lot less free time than the “real world.”
While these games may not be as popular as the original Call of Duty, they’ve had a massive impact on online gaming.
While Heroes of Newerth, a free-for-all, single-player game that lets you choose a hero, was recently removed from the free-downloads app Nook, it was a big part of the reason why many players felt disconnected from the game.
The new service is an attempt to address that disconnect, and Blizzard is aiming to create an even greater sense of community.
“When we were talking to the players about what they wanted to see, the feedback that we got was that they wanted a deeper sense of play in their games, and that’s what we’re doing with this new service,” said Blizzard’s Chief Marketing Officer Brian Farrell.
“We’re building on what we’ve already done with Heroes of The Storm, and we’re adding features to Heroes of War that will help make the game even more enjoyable for players, but more importantly, help the community get to know the heroes better.”
Blizzard says it is launching the new service with Heroes in the middle of the year, and will eventually include more games, including Call of the Wild, Overwatch and Hearthstone.
“In terms of making the experience better for players and making the game more engaging, it’s a big focus for us,” Farrell said.
“What we’re also trying to do is build a deeper community around our games, so that the more we do that, the better the game will be.”
For players who haven’t seen the service yet, the new Blizzard subscription service will allow them to access the game without paying for it.
The service will be available on mobile devices starting on February 24, with more details to be revealed at a later date.
There are several other free games that will be included in the service, including League of Legends, the popular multiplayer game popular with gamers in North America.