Valve, Newell to Set New Pricing Precedent with DotA2 -
Valve is always turning heads when they release spectacular games, but they are turning heads this time for different reasons.
This time, it’s with their prices.
Valve is going to charge players in their upcoming game, Defense of the Ancients 2, based on what they bring to the community. Team players and “nice people” are going to be rewarded whereas team killers and “jerks” are going to have to pay up – literally.
Managing Director Gabe Newell talked to Develop magazine and had this to say:
[T]he 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?
If you play Defense of the Ancients 2 and help new players, release cool mods and report bugs you will find yourself playing for free. On the other hand, if you troll new players, exploit glitches and generally make things less fun for other players, you’re going to be paying to play.
“So, in practice, a really likable person in our community should get Defense of the Ancients 2 for free because of past behavior in Team Fortress 2. Now, a real jerk that annoys everyone; they can still play, but a game is full price, and they have to pay an extra hundred dollars if they want voice,” Newell told Develop.
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