DOTA 2 will be free to play, but "with a twist", according to Valve boss Gabe Newell.
Speaking in an interview on the Seven Day Cooldown
podcast, Newell explained that Valve is attempting to put a fresh spin on the free-to-play model.
"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," Newell said.
He didn't offer specifics as to exactly how it will work when the game launches, but hinted that players who are "valuable" to the community might get some kind of special treatment.
"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] recognised 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 recognise and reward people who are doing things that are valuable to other groups of people."
What do you think of DotA 2's "F2P" model? Like it or not? And what kind of model will it be? Maybe f2p with in-game shops?