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Why are all Dota 2 heroes free as opposed to LoL?

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Mars Ultor

Senior Member

01-30-2013

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.


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MugenNightmare

Senior Member

01-30-2013

Hats


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ChainedOne

Senior Member

01-30-2013

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


Edit: Shen'd


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ALLIIAN

Senior Member

01-30-2013

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...


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Map Awareness

Recruiter

01-30-2013

Because Gaben is God.


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Nexus Crawler

Senior Member

01-30-2013

It's probably a draw, or marketing strategy.


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Orazul

Member

01-30-2013

That and the original was free.


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TombMonk

Senior Member

01-30-2013

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


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2pudge1cup

Senior Member

01-30-2013

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.


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CoNmAn621

Senior Member

01-30-2013

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.