DotA 2 will have a free-to-play model upon launch but it won’t be like any other free-to-play model that gamers have seen before.
Gabe Newell, Valve co-founder, told SevenDayCooldown in a podcast that DotA 2 will be using a funding model similar to current free-to-play models but it will have a bit of a twist because it hasn’t been used in a game before.
“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 says.
The issue that crops up is that Valve want to find ways to add value to each and every gamer in the community. Quite often gamers will find that there are good players to play with and other players that you would rather play nowhere near.
“It’s just a question of coming up with mechanisms that recognise and reward people who are doing things that are valuable to other groups of people,” he says.
Players who submit useful user guides or players that volunteer their free time to help others will be rewarded by having good behaviour. Newell also states that there are no other games on the market that have a similar free-to-play model than the one they want to use for DotA 2.
He says that gamers would be able to benefit from a collective action in a number of different ways and in a way, what they have planned will be able to alter the community in an underlying way to make the gaming experience better for everyone who uses it.