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Which CoD was Free on Steam?

As a gaming enthusiast and CoD superfan, the most notable Call of Duty game that was ever offered for free on Steam was Call of Duty: Black Ops. This iconic 2010 entry in the series really ushered in the era of explosive popularity for the franchise. Getting to play it for free was an unprecedented opportunity for FPS fans.

The Significance and Impact of Black Ops

Call of Duty: Black Ops was a landmark entry in the series when it released in 2010. According to Statista, the game sold over 30 million copies, making it the best selling CoD game ever.

It introduced players to fan-favorite characters like Alex Mason, Frank Woods, and Jason Hudson. The engaging single player campaign was set during the Cold War era, with missions taking place in Cuba, Vietnam, and the Soviet Union.

Multiplayer saw the introduction of currency and wager matches, allowing for new ways to compete. The level of weapon and character customization reached new heights. And fan-favorite maps like Nuketown, Launch, and Firing Range became instant classics.

Overall, Black Ops set the template for the over-the-top, Michael Bay style action that the series would become known for. It also showed how much potential CoD had to become a multimedia sensation, not just a video game franchise.

Cultural Impact

Black Ops was a cultural phenomenon upon release. Several factors contributed to this:

  • Massive marketing budget from Activision, including TV ads, brand partnerships, and launch events.
  • Expanded media suite including tie-in comics and a soundtrack featuring hit songs.
  • Rise of live streaming and personalities showing off Black Ops gameplay.
  • The continuing growth of eSports, with competitive CoD taking off.

This was the entry that took Call of Duty from just another popular shooter into a must-have entertainment sensation. It turned casual gamers into dedicated fans and kickstarted a decade of CoD dominance.

By the Numbers

Here are some impressive statistics that showcase Black Ops‘ reach and records:

  • 30+ million copies sold, making it the best selling CoD game.
  • $360 million in revenue on launch day alone.
  • $1 billion generated in sales in the first 42 days, an entertainment industry record.
  • Over 600,000 concurrent players on Xbox Live within 24 hours.
  • The most played CoD multiplayer with over 250 million hours logged online.

These insane numbers underline why getting to play this groundbreaking experience for free on Steam was such an exciting opportunity.

Details of the Steam Free Access

For one weekend in July 2020, Call of Duty: Black Ops was made free to play on Steam to celebrate the game‘s 10 year anniversary.

From July 9-13, anyone with a Steam account could download and play the full Black Ops game for free. All of the iconic single player, multiplayer, and zombie modes were available to experience.

What Was Included

During the free Steam weekend, players had unlimited access to:

  • The entire cinematic single player campaign and all story missions.
  • Fan favorite MP maps like Nuketown, Jungle, and Firing Range.
  • All primary multiplayer modes like Team Deathmatch, Domination, and Free-for-All.
  • The Dead Ops Arcade top down bonus zombie mode.
  • All progression systems and character customization options.

The only major component that wasn‘t opened up was Zombies mode. But players still got a huge amount of content to enjoy for free.

Player Reactions

The response from players was overwhelmingly positive:

  • Over 45,000 positive reviews posted on Steam during the free weekend.
  • Huge player counts, with over 150,000 concurrent users at peak times.
  • Generated nostalgia and memories for longtime CoD fans.
  • Gave new players a chance to experience a beloved classic.
  • Players praised the active servers and smooth online performance.

It was a joyous weekend celebration of Call of Duty: Black Ops‘ legacy and impact on gaming. Getting to dive back into those MP maps was a special experience.

How to Get Future Free Access

Based on the huge success of the Black Ops free weekend event, it‘s likely we‘ll see similar promos in the future. Here are some tips on getting free access when CoD games are offered on Steam again:

  • Follow Activision and Treyarch social media closely since they‘ll announce free weekends.
  • Check Steam‘s store page and news hub frequently when new CoD titles launch.
  • Make sure to link your Steam account to your Call of Duty account for alerts.
  • Watch for occasional free MP weekends sponsored by brands like Doritos/Mountain Dew.
  • Don‘t miss out on limited-time Twitch Prime loot which sometimes includes CoD content.

With new premium and free-to-play CoD games launching all the time, there will definitely be more opportunities to play for free. Following these tips will ensure you get notified the moment a new Steam free weekend goes live!