Wargaming CEO Victor Kislyi says that while World of Tanks will be free-to-play, Microsoft is still requiring that you sign up for an Xbox Live membership to play the game.
"With Microsoft, unfortunately it's not 100 percent free-to-play because it requires the Gold subscription to Xbox Live membership, but that's a Microsoft requirement which is valid for us and for Activision and for EA and all other partners."
"They cannot drop it for us because they would have to drop it for everyone and it would be a total mess for them. This we have to tolerate, which I am not happy about. I would rather add another 30-40 million non-golden members and they will monetise occasionally."