Valve co-founder, Gabe Newell answered the big question last week when he confirmed in an interview with Seven Day Cooldown – that their revamped Defense of the Ancients game will be free-to-play via the popular Steam. The big guy also revealed that Dota 2 will have some twist, when prodded about these twist, he replied with “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] 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.
“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.”
Newell gave examples of “good” behavior that would be regarded as valued and thus rewarded, he explained that players who are helpful, useful guides and volunteer to train other, would be regarded as strong candidates for rewards. Newell also went on to explain that he could not point to an existing free-to-play model that works like the model that Valve has in mind for DOTA 2.
“In a sense, think of individual games as instance dungeons of a larger experience, if that makes sense as a concept.”
“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 added.
For the full podcast interview check out Seven Day Cooldown.
We talk with Gabe Newell about a game that fans have been waiting for. CS:GO / Dota2 / Apple / Origin / Steam Box all covered in 75 minute long cast.[Seven Day Cooldown Website]