The game left Early Access on February 28 alongside the release of its new car-based deathmatch Auto Royale mode and retailed for $19.99, but the switch to free-to-play will happen at 1 p.m. ET today.
The move comes as no surprise as, like most "originals", the game has been surpassed in popularity and player count by other battle royale titles PUBG and Fortnite. He told Polygon that the number of unique players in H1Z1 has doubled since the week before the game's launch, that more players are logging in each day than the week before and that those that show up are playing more rounds and for longer periods of time. There are a couple of different outcomes, depending on when you bought it.
Anyone who recently purchased H1z1 on Steam will also be eligible for refunds and should contact Steam customers service if there are any problems. Keep in mind, however, that in order to qualify for a refund, your total playtime will need to clock in at less than two hours. Anyone who picked up the game before hand will be get the "H1Z1 Appreciation Pack" containing three in-game skins, 10 Victory Crates and 10,000 Skulls currency.
The H1Z1 Pro League, plans for which were first announced in October 2017, will include a guaranteed player minimum salary, team owner and player representation on the governance committee, along with a comprehensive "Player Bill of Rights" and a revenue sharing model. There are some big eSports names among those 15 teams, including Cloud9, Tempo Storm, Team SoloMid, and Alliance, so Daybreak certainly has the buy-in from big eSports organizations.
The inaugural season of the H1Z1 Pro League isn't taking place at the famous casino on the Las Vegas strip, but at Caesar's Entertainment Studios, located nearby. H1Z1 - originally called King of the Kill - was arguably the first battle royale title on the market, with one Brendan "Playerunknown" Greene chipping in his insight in a consultant capacity during development. All matches will be broadcast on Facebook, the league's exclusive streaming partner.