I think you misunderstand - Until your post, I hadn’t made any statement in this thread about Scopely. All my responses were disagreeing with the argument that ‘it’s not free because not everyone has a credit card’. That’s what the comments about language were about. You can’t redefine the word ‘free’ to suit your own vision. Our society as a whole has accepted that free trials often have restrictions and the word free just means you don’t have to spend money to get it.
So again, was the shield ‘free’? Yes, absolutely.