Gabe Newell: DOTA 2 is going to be free-to-play, “it’ll have some twists”

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.”

Tell us what you think in the comments section below.

Via The Verge.

Image via Penny Arcade.

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  • Jordan

    I hope they can add this mechanism. I’d really like to see the good contributors rewarded and the bad players penalized. It would encourage more friendly and communicative gaming!

    • Anthony

      as Gina was saying ^_^I think the new L4D 3 shuold have better weapons obviously like: AK-47 dual .45 Magnums and dual Uzi’s, hand grenades, better pipe bombs and molotovs..more levels that are longer and require certain points to start it..Secondly, more choice of characters, better safe houses with survivors inside waiting to escape, and introduce a health bar that once it goes u have find food, water, vitamin supplements ..and definitely a better story line that picks up where L4D2 left off, re-introduce Francis Bill Louis Zoey as former survivors who know how to handle the undead..and in contrast to better boss Zombies definitely add Shanker, Grunter, and a more defined Witch.

  • James

    What a beast with that beard!

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