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Dota 2 

“[DOTA 2] is going to be free-to-play. It’ll have some twists, but that’s the easiest way for people to think about it.”

As reported by Polygon, that’s what Gabe Newell had to say on a recent Seven Day Cool Down podcast. Valve’s big wheel has already admitted to playing the MOBA for a staggering 800 hours, and now he’s talking cash. Valve have already developed some interesting ideas on how to reward valued members of the community: the Team Fortress 2 workshop allows people to create in-game items, and make a significant profit if they sell. Now Valve are hoping to reward player’s good behaviour too.

“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?” says Gabe. “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.”

According to the master of Valve, individual games don’t need to have completely separate communities. Valve have already experimented with this way of thinking in Steam’s item trading system, where you can feasibly swap a Team Fortress 2 hat for a copy of Portal, if you find someone who’s willing.

“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,” said Valve’s big wheel.

We’ll have more on DOTA 2 soon. If Steam stats are anything to go by (which they are), a lot of you are playing it right now.



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One of the most popular PC games right now, even though it's only in beta stage, and NO ONE is interested on here. WTH



Zarx is interested but he already has post more than a few threads on the matter. Wasn't the first one free as well, since it was basically not really even a game, but something made by users?

My T.E.C.H'aracter

The twist is only people with a beta code can play it even on launch. It's gone up to 40k constant players and I still don't have a code, Valve are mocking me.

spurgeonryan said:
Zarx is interested but he already has post more than a few threads on the matter. Wasn't the first one free as well, since it was basically not really even a game, but something made by users?


hey just because they invited me to the Beta doesn't mean I am interested lol. And yes the origonal was a free custom map for WC3, but more importantly League of Legends which is the biggest MOBA arround right now is free to play. 

I am interested in how these twists to F2P will be implemented because personally I don't really see how they would work from what little has been said. As for the game it's self I just don't really have the patiance to spend the time required to learn how to play a MOBA, it's not really something you can just drop in and play a fun round, not without being yelled at and going 0/15/1...



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spurgeonryan said:
Zarx is interested but he already has post more than a few threads on the matter. Wasn't the first one free as well, since it was basically not really even a game, but something made by users?


Think of it as a mod, but you still need to buy the core game to play said mod. 



Panama said:
The twist is only people with a beta code can play it even on launch. It's gone up to 40k constant players and I still don't have a code, Valve are mocking me.


They gave them out to everyone who was scaned for the last Hardware survey lol



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zarx said:
Panama said:
The twist is only people with a beta code can play it even on launch. It's gone up to 40k constant players and I still don't have a code, Valve are mocking me.


They gave them out to everyone who was scaned for the last Hardware survey lol


Whaaaaat, I have a top comp, what were the requirements?



Panama said:
zarx said:
Panama said:
The twist is only people with a beta code can play it even on launch. It's gone up to 40k constant players and I still don't have a code, Valve are mocking me.


They gave them out to everyone who was scaned for the last Hardware survey lol


Whaaaaat, I have a top comp, what were the requirements?


well you have to have accepted the prompt to say you were ok with Valve collecting anonymous information about your system at some point and after that it is a random sample every few months or so. Check you inventory (little envelope in the top right) you may have a key and not know it.



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zarx said:
spurgeonryan said:
Zarx is interested but he already has post more than a few threads on the matter. Wasn't the first one free as well, since it was basically not really even a game, but something made by users?


hey just because they invited me to the Beta doesn't mean I am interested lol. And yes the origonal was a free custom map for WC3, but more importantly League of Legends which is the biggest MOBA arround right now is free to play. 

I am interested in how these twists to F2P will be implemented because personally I don't really see how they would work from what little has been said. As for the game it's self I just don't really have the patiance to spend the time required to learn how to play a MOBA, it's not really something you can just drop in and play a fun round, not without being yelled at and going 0/15/1...

I hear Valve will be implementing a very good system for beginners to learn, including trainers and bots to play against.