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DOTA 2 to be Free to Play — With a Twist

Valve’s upcoming MOBA, DOTA 2, is going to be free to play “with a twist,” according to Gabe Newell. During a podcast called Seven Day Cooldown, Gabe Newell commented on the future of DOTA 2, specifically, its pricing.

“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?

“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 [rather] 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.”

So, from what we can tell the more you offer to the community, the more rewards that you are going to get. Lets say if you contribute more to the community, and are active amongst the community then you will bring in more rewards, maybe even some free game time.

In a past interview, Newell had mentioned he believed “jerks” should have to pay more than a nice person.

“So, in practice, a really likable person in our community should get DOTA 2 for free, because of past behaviour in Team Fortress 2. Now, a real jerk that annoys everyone, they can still play, but a game is full price and they have to pay an extra hundred dollars if they want voice.”

So, this could mean that your user feedback could have an affect on how much you pay. Although, I am sure there is a way they monitor it to ensure that you are not getting trolled by people who are just throwing low ratings at people all the time. But, how do you interpret everything he is saying? What are your opinions on how the charging might actually happen? We would love to hear how you interpret it.

Angela Heidenreich

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