Valve’s announcement that the upcoming Dota 2 will be free to play comes as little surprise. What does surprise is that the mad geniuses over at Valve are looking to launch a new business model that will reward players who become outstanding members of the community. How this will translate into dollars and cents is not currently known, but there are indications that those more willing to support other players will gain access to rewards and novelty items that others will have to pay for.
Valve’s “nice guys finish first” mentality is a pleasant change that may force jerks to think twice before acting selfishly. Although, I can’t help but think that the model is a bit totalitarian in nature. Time will tell.