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How to do freemium right

Everywhere you look, games are going free-to-play, which sounds like a good thing. But sometimes the ways developers try to part you from your money are anything but fun.

By Dec. 17, 2013


The Collectables

Even with the minor freemium annoyances, The Collectables is a ton of fun with graphics and gameplay that make it worth jumping through a few hoops.

By Apr. 4, 2014

4 stars Editor's rating Apr. 4, 2014

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The roads to freemium: Turning downloaders into customers

commentary With paid apps a tough sell and mobile advertising a slog, app makers are getting craftier at finding ways to to get paid.

By Oct. 7, 2013


Real Racing 3

Even with the freemium model, Real Racing 3 still holds the crown as best racing game on a touch screen.

By Feb. 28, 2013

4 stars Editor's rating Feb. 28, 2013

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Real Racing 3 accelerates EA's 'freemium' push

CNET takes an unusual trip to EA in Los Angeles and gets some hands-on time with Real Racing 3, which launches for free on February 28 for iOS and Android users.

By Feb. 11, 2013


EA's Real Racing 3 a hit despite 'freemium' gripes

The mobile racing simulator boasts more downloads in its first week than Real Racing and Real Racing 2 combined. Also, don't expect a Real Racing 4 anytime soon; there are no plans for one.

By Mar. 15, 2013


How EA is jumping on the 'freemium' bandwagon

The company is looking to give away mobile games, then generate revenue from microtransactions. Coming up: a freemium version of "Battlefield."

By Nov. 21, 2011


Xbox 360: Freemium games' next frontier?

Freemium games are all the rage in the mobile space right now, but according to some stakeholders, the Xbox 360 might be their next destination.

By Apr. 24, 2012


Freemium games are the ticket to app profits -- study

A new study released by NPD finds that 40 percent of those who have played an upgradable freemium game have made in-app payments.

By Apr. 23, 2012


How the Simpsons will spark EA's freemium push

Electronic Arts plans to launch a freemium Simpsons game for iOS in the coming weeks, in what it expects to be one of its biggest mobile titles of the year.

By Feb. 20, 2012