Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Sci-tech | By Brandy Patterson

H1Z1 Pro League unveils 15 teams competing in inaugural season

H1Z1 Pro League unveils 15 teams competing in inaugural season

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 previous year or less. #H1Z1 is going FREE TO PLAY on Steam! H1Z1 was a similar survival-based zombie game, launched in early access three years ago at the beginning of 2015 during a time when Daybreak Games acquired Sony Online Entertainment's titles/assets.

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Developer and publisher Daybreak Game Company has announced that as of today, H1Z1 will now be available as a free-to-play title for users on PC, allowing anyone to download the title and hop into the action, whether its battle royale or the game's recently-released "Auto Royale" mode. Only those who purchased within the past 14 days and haven't played the game for more than two hours will get a refund. However, even with H1Z1 coming out of the Steam Early Access program and officially launching on February 28, its player numbers continue to dwindle compared to the behemoths it competes against.

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"We are very excited to announce that H1Z1 will be free to play starting today", H1Z1 general manager Anthony Castoro said. "The Pro League is going to redefine esports when it kicks off in Las Vegas this April, and whether a person is an aspiring pro athlete or just wants to play with friends, we want everyone to have the chance to play the most competitive battle royale game".

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This announcement comes just one week after the game exited Steam Early Access and launched a new mode called Auto Royale, so if you were tempted by either of those announcements, it sounds like now is a good time to check it out. Whatever your opinion may be, free is free, right? Before these games took over streaming services however, there was another that helped kickstart this industry-changing shift, a game that has its DNA infused into PUBG in particular.

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