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Mars Ultor 01-30-2013 07:20 PM

Why are all Dota 2 heroes free as opposed to LoL?
 
What is the marketing strategy? I'm ignorant to this kind of stuff, but I'm quite confused as to how Valve can aim to generate money like LoL this way.

MugenNightmare 01-30-2013 07:21 PM

Hats

ChainedOne 01-30-2013 07:21 PM

They make enough money with Team Fortress Hats to make Dota 2 free.


Edit: Shen'd

ALLIIAN 01-30-2013 07:22 PM

Because Valve is a huge ass company and has multiple revenue streams (as mentioned, the free market on TF2 makes a ****-ton of money)
Also Steam...that makes money...

Map Awareness 01-30-2013 07:23 PM

Because Gaben is God.

Nexus Crawler 01-30-2013 07:23 PM

It's probably a draw, or marketing strategy.

Orazul 01-30-2013 07:23 PM

That and the original was free.

TombMonk 01-30-2013 07:24 PM

They use it as a tool to get even more people on steam.

2pudge1cup 01-30-2013 07:25 PM

They have a lot of cosmetic things you can buy - different looking hero weapons/items, couriers, ward skins. They also sell announcer packs and tournament passes.

CoNmAn621 01-30-2013 07:26 PM

Game costs 30 bucks. League is completely free. You can go your whole league career without spending a single penny, but you will have always payed that $30 for DotA 2.


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