If you ever doubted that Dota 2 would be free-to-play, here’s some proof to tell you otherwise. No Game No Talk received some Dota 2 invite keys from Southeast Asia distributor e-Club Malaysia to give away, and when they were activated, the product listed was “Dota 2 Retail (SE Asia)”.
This should put to rest any speculation about whether the game will be a combination of retail and cash shop, or just free with cash shop. It is highly unlikely Valve would allow retail copies of the game to be given away for free at this stage of development.
One interesting fact about the Dota 2 keys NGNT obtained: you can only activate them if your IP address is in Southeast Asia. Once activated though, you can play from anywhere in the world, according to e-Club.
Incidentally, No Game No Talk has about 50 Dota 2 keys to give away (you, or a friend of yours, must be located in Southeast Asia to activate them!). While we haven’t decided how we will do it yet, do like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to stay in the loop — we’ll do the announcements there.
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