Not everything will require a Nintendo subscription service to play online: including Arena of Valor


Free-to-play exceptions reign, like other platforms

Platform holders have a history of excluding certain games, including free-to-play titles (which may or may not have optional subscriptions or microtransactions), from the scope of their subscription-based services.

In other words you can download a free-to-play game and still log in and play without Xbox Live or PSN Plus. There was some contention initially from companies like Microsoft but eventually publishers smoothed things over. As it turns out Nintendo is following suit. Confirmed to Variety, Arena of Valor publisher Tencent explained that the Switch port won't require a subscription to Nintendo's online service. As a refresher Arena of Valor is a wildly popular mobile MOBA that's now Switch-bound.

Even if you aren't excited at the prospect of this particular game it's great that the floodgates for free online play are open almost immediately with a big publisher paving the way.

Tencent’s ‘Arena of Valor’ Hits Nintendo Switch in September [Variety]

You are logged out. Login | Sign up



Chris Carter
Chris CarterReviews Director, Co-EIC   gamer profile

Chris has been enjoying Destructoid avidly since 2008. He finally decided to take the next step, make an account, and start blogging in January of 2009. Now, he's staff! ------------------- T... more + disclosures



Also on Destructoid: Arena of Valor   (6)   From our database:

  • Not everything will require a Nintendo subscription service to play online: including Arena of Valor - Chris Carter
  • We have 50 codes for the Arena of Valor Switch closed beta to give away - CJ Andriessen
  • Tencent isn't screwing around with Arena of Valor on Switch - CJ Andriessen
  • Arena of Valor's Nintendo Switch beta starts soon - Jordan Devore
  • Mobile MOBA mega-hit Arena of Valor getting a closed beta on Switch - CJ Andriessen
  • More related stories
    Filed under... #android #ios #MOBA #mobile #Nintendo Switch



    You're not expected to always agree, but do please keep cool and never make it personal. Report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our community team. Also, on the right side of a comment you can flag nasty comments anonymously (we ban users dishing bad karma). For everything else, contact us!