H1Z1 is going free-to-play as it launches official esports league

Daybreak Games has announced that H1Z1 is going free-to-play later today as it launches a new competitive league.

Having only left early access in recent weeks, H1Z1 is wasting no time getting the finished project out in front of eager players.

At roughly 18:00 GMT you will be able to download H1Z1 for free on Valve’s Steam storefront, no longer having to pay the £14.99 entry price.

Leaving early access was accompanied by the arrival of Auto Royale, a game mode that follows teams of players as they seek to defeat each other using vehicles as their primary weapon.

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Existing players of H1Z1 will be granted an ‘Appreciation Pack’ containing three cosmetic skins, 10 victory crates and 10,000 skull currency for use at the in-game shop.

“We are very excited to announce that H1Z1 will be free to play starting today,” H1Z1 general manager Anthony Castoro said. “Not only does this decision allow us to share our version of Battle Royale and Auto Royale with even more players, but it signifies the next step in making H1Z1 a must-watch esport.”

Time will tell whether H1Z1 will be able to compete with Battle Royale giants such as PUBG and Fortnite, both of which continue to attract new players.

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