At the moment, you can only gain access to the Dota 2 beta by paying $29.99 or getting invited by a friend. Granted, those codes are not exactly hard to come by, but still – technically it’s still in closed beta. But soon, Dota 2 will be launched for free!
Confirmed by ValveTime, Valve is planning to launch Dota 2 this summer (northern hemisphere) and it will be free! It will go public before The International 3, which takes place 7-11 August in Seattle. So, I suppose we can expect it during July, or maybe very early August? I just wonder how big an impact this will have; most people who were keen to play Dota 2 got a code from someone. I guess this launch is for the more reluctant Dota 2 gamers.
Speaking of The International 3, the prize pool is less than $47k from it’s next goal of $2.4million. I think it’s safe to say that it will hit that soon. I wonder if the compendium will surge when Dota 2 becomes free for all – there might be a bunch of new people who decide to spend $9.99 for perks, and to be a part of eSports history.