Valve co-founder hints a ranking based system of play
Valve co-founder Gabe Newell announced on the Seven Day Cooldown podcast that DOTA 2 would be a free-to-play IP “with a twist.”
Newell talked about DOTA 2, a direct sequel to the Defense of the Ancients: Warcraft III mod and its unique plan, saying, “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.”
While not revealing any specific details about the twist, Newell continued, “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?”
Hinting at a system that might be based on a sort of ranking system, he explained further, “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.”
Given the unique format of the model, Newell admitted that he couldn’t really compare it to any existing F2P game.
For now consumers will have to wait for Newell, or someone else from Valve, to explain this new model in detail. However, the developer is currently in a legal dispute with Blizzard over the use of the DOTA name and who should own the trademark. It is still unknown whether or not the Half-Life developer will be able to continue to call their game DOTA 2.
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