DOTA 2 confirmed as free-to-play game with in-game store

It's not exactly a shock, but Valve has confirmed that its upcoming and long awaited action-RTS game DOTA 2 will be a free-to-play game when it is officially launched later this year for the PC.

The announcement was made on the game's official web site on Thursday. Valve also says that while DOTA 2 will be free-to-play, it will also have an in-game store where players can purchase cosmetic items for their DOTA 2 characters.

The store items won't affect gameplay in any way. Indeed, Valve said that when DOTA 2 is officially released, all of the game's heroes will be able to be accessed. Valve states, "We believe restricting player access to heroes could be destructive to game design, so it’s something we plan to avoid."

Much like they did with Team Fortress 2, Valve is also allowing its community members to submit content for the DOTA 2 store via the Steam Workshop. Those creators will get a cut of all revenues generated from their DOTA 2 items. Valve states, "In the first year alone over 3.5 million dollars was paid out to TF2 fans who’s creations are now a permanent part of the game."

DOTA 2 is still in closed beta. In an FAQ page, Valve explains why they can't just launch the game to the public, saying, "Right now we're working on expanding our server infrastructure, which is the primary bottleneck."

Valve also plans to hold a 16 team invitational DOTA 2 tournament in August at PAX, with the winning team receiving $1 million.

Source: DOTA 2 website | Image via Valve

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Little bit late with the news here, the game has been known to be F2P for quite some time now. Gabe confimed it in an interview a month or two back.

Been playing the beta for 2 months now and still haven't got bored of it. I get bored of most games after a week of playing so the fact I'm still playing is suprising. The learning curve is bigger than it competitors, but it's more enjoyable than LoL when you get the hang of it.

DOTA2 for now, is a failed project. If Valve wanted to capture LoL players, they failed badly.
Reasons:
- Heroes and Environmetal do not fit.
- Map too much confusing
- Shop system more complicated.
- Totally anti-newplayer friendly.
- Night and Day map ? why add things that should be very simple.

DOTA2 it's mostly for old DOTA1 players.

If anyone is decent in LoL and test DOTA2, probably with go straight back to LoL.

Fayker said,
DOTA2 for now, is a failed project. If Valve wanted to capture LoL players, they failed badly.
Reasons:
- Heroes and Environmetal do not fit.
- Map too much confusing
- Shop system more complicated.
- Totally anti-newplayer friendly.
- Night and Day map ? why add things that should be very simple.

DOTA2 it's mostly for old DOTA1 players.

If anyone is decent in LoL and test DOTA2, probably with go straight back to LoL.

Anti-newplayer friendly?? LoL is one of the most anti new player games I've ever seen. The community will crucify you if you make a mistake or screw up for your team faster than you can type lol.

Fayker said,
DOTA2 for now, is a failed project. If Valve wanted to capture LoL players, they failed badly.
Reasons:
- Heroes and Environmetal do not fit.
- Map too much confusing
- Shop system more complicated.
- Totally anti-newplayer friendly.
- Night and Day map ? why add things that should be very simple.

DOTA2 it's mostly for old DOTA1 players.

If anyone is decent in LoL and test DOTA2, probably with go straight back to LoL.

Nah they dont want to capture LoL players, they want to capture dota1 players, they know the game and they are 10x bigger base then LoL player base.
And if anyone is decent in LoL his equivalent in dota is lowbob(if you took time to read some of the comments in dota2 thread people coming from LOL find game hard, but much more enjoying).
Night and day is actually important part of the gameplay (vision,some heroes are stronger in dark,etc.)
Its anti-newbie friendly cause its hard(there are 1000`s of variables in every game you need to consider, and replay value is huge{108!} meaning that no two games are same,even if heroes are same)
Shop system is good as it gets, so when u get a hang on it you forget u ever had any problems with it. Same for map. Also same argument works for LoL.

I have a feeling that you just like to bitch for the sake of it.