Article published on Monday, June 20th, 2011
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According to some of the latest rumours on the web, DoTA 2 is going to be free-to-play. Valve, the creators of best-selling game franchises like Counter-Strike, Half-Life and Left 4 Dead have been working on a massive sequel for IceFrog’s popular game. With the recent releases of five free-to-play game titles on its Steam platform, one could only speculate whether Steam will be shifting its business model to free-to-play and releasing one of its most anticpated games that started the MoBA trend as a F2P game too. You can reason that DoTA 2 is going to be free-to-play because of the many popular F2P DoTA-inspired games like League of Legends, Realm of the Titans, Bloodline Champions and Rise of Immortals that are already available. In a November 1, 2010 (last year) blog post on the DoTA 2 website, the development team stated that the game would be released in 2011 "From now until the release of the game next year, this will be a place where you can get information on our progress as we build the game." We will have to wait and see for ourselves in the next coming months whether this game will be F2P or not!