Dota 2 to be Free-To-Play, but with a "twist", according to Polygon
Undoubtedly the game all DotA fans have been waiting for is to be Free-to-Play with an unexpected "twist", if sources from Polygon are to be believed.
In a shared "yet to be released" podcast interview by Seven Day Cooldown shared early with Polygon, the man behind Valve, Gabe Newell, revealed "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,"
How Valve was going to market Dota 2 has been the subject of furious discussions ever since the original inception of the game. However, this news may come as not much of a surprise considering the many findings of CyBorgMatt which seemed to hint at a In-Game Store of sorts.
Newell went on to state that despite being F2P, the Dota 2 model would be significantly different from the existing models implemented by many other games.
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