Dota 2 is going to be Free to Play

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Gabe Newell denied meeting Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple in a recent podcast with Seven Day Cooldown, but that’s not all he said. He also mentioned that DOTA 2 will be free-to-play, but with a twist.

“It’s going to be free-to-play — it’ll have some twists, but that’s the easiest way for people to think about it,” he revealed.

“The issue that we’re struggling with quite a bit is something I’ve kind of talked about before, which is how do you properly value people’s contributions to a community?,” he mentioned when asked about what kind of “twist ” players can expect from the game.

“We’re trying to figure out ways so that people who are more valuable to everybody else [are] recognized and accommodated.

“We all know people where if they’re playing we want to play, and there are other people where if they’re playing we would be on the other side of the planet.

“It’s just a question of coming up with mechanisms that recognize and reward people who are doing things that are valuable to other groups of people,” he added.

He said that the free-to-play model Valve has in mind for DOTA 2 is completely unique and hasn’t been done before.

“When you start thinking about the different games that people play and you try to think about how people can create value or a service in one game and benefit somebody in a different game, you can start to see how the different games sort knit together,” Newell said.

“[You can see] how somebody who really likes Team Fortress 2 (TF2) can still be creating value for somebody who is playing DOTA 2 or Skyrim, or if somebody is a creator in one space how it can translate into another.

“In a sense, think of individual games as instance dungeons of a larger experience, if that makes sense as a concept.”


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well itll probably be the same model as league of legends where u can pay for champions and skins and other perks but their would be a free way to earn them as well, were going to see a lot more of these games in the future they will be free but you will have ot use money to buy perks and i think that makes more money in long run especially since TF2 just switched over to that since they were making so much money off hats
 
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Dota has always been F2P, and DOTA 2 was always planned to be free, no idea why this is news.

The only thing you are going to pay for is cosmetic hats.
 

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Makes sense. Their main competitors are free to play.

What competitors does Dota 2 have? IT'S DOTA 2 MAN.

Can't say I ever played (nor do I ever want to play) Dota games or anything like them. Although I'm sure this will ruffle the feathers of many Dota fanboys who will complain about the plague of "newbies" playing it. If you thought CoD had an awful userbase, Dota is about as elitist as Rudyard Kipling.
 
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The thing I don't understand is how Valve will pilfer money out of our pockets.

My friend told me that IceFrog wanted all the heroes available from the start so that means that there will be no hero rotation.

Maybe hats?


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lol dota 2 needs a netbook mode so that I could play while my primary gaming computer's unavailable :P
 

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Why is everyone saying DOTA is free? You had to BUY Warcraft 3 to play DOTA, or does everyone have amnesia?

Now if you named LoL and whatnots... yeah those are free.
 

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Why is everyone saying DOTA is free? You had to BUY Warcraft 3 to play DOTA, or does everyone have amnesia?

Now if you named LoL and whatnots... yeah those are free.
who said it's free?
oh, and it can be pirated therefore it can be considered free.
this is about DOTA 2. two.
 

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Why is everyone saying DOTA is free? You had to BUY Warcraft 3 to play DOTA, or does everyone have amnesia?

Now if you named LoL and whatnots... yeah those are free.
who said it's free?
oh, and it can be pirated therefore it can be considered free.
this is about DOTA 2. two.


..... by that logic, isn't EVERY game considered a free to play? I thought Link had a good point.

I'll definitely try DOTA 2 now, though how they're going to do it "differently" or whatever makes me wonder.... how they're going to do it.
 

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