Valve’s Dota 2 Officially Free-to-Play, Will Not be Pay-to-Win

Rob Williams

Staff member
In an announcement that will surprise few, Valve has officially declared Dota 2 will be free-to-play. Better still, unlike LoL, all heroes will be unlocked and available for anyone to play. And if it couldn’t get any better, those in the Dota community worried that the shop will sell items that give players various advantages no longer need to. Valve has made it clear they do not plan to restrict future heroes or sell items that in any way boost a character’s in-game stats or abilities. We have two direct quotes below, but Valve has gone one step further and created a FAQ to address other concerns voiced by the community that can be found here.


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Tech Monkey
This is why I like Valve, they aren't greedy and change games just to make them money at every turn.


As someone who plays LoL, I don't quite understand what this meant: "Better still, unlike LoL, all heroes will be unlocked and available for anyone to play". LoL is also a free to play and while you can purchase champions with real money, every champ can also be bought using the in-game currency. Spending real money is primarily used to buy champs and skins, which only change the aesthetics. So although you won't be able to unlock every champ immediately, you can still play the game for free and not be at a disadvantage.