Will DoTA 2 be free-to-play? That’s a question that Valve boss Gabe Newell smoothly dodged when he was asked by a Gamasutra journalist. But he did share some his strong opinions on companies that focus on the bottom-line.
“So the primary focus for us at this point is not worrying about monetisation, and it’s instead worrying about getting the game right,” Newell said in an interview with Gamasutra.
“…Our focus is really much on building something that’s cool, and then we’ll worry about monetisation. So we’re not going to worry about that until later. Premature monetisation is the root of all evil.
“I think not sucking is way more of an important thing to pay attention to first. I think every gamer can point to shipping too early, or sucking, as being a way more dominant story in our industry than, ‘Oh, it was slightly cumbersome to give the company money.’ I mean look at Minecraft, right? Notch wasn’t thinking through his incredibly precise monetisation strategy.”
With no official word on how players will be charged for the game, we’d like to know what you think: Would you prefer if DoTA was free-to-play, followed a traditional subscription model, or something else entirely?