Valve announces new subscription service for DOTA 2

Valve announces new subscription service for DOTA 2

Change is coming to one of the biggest games in the world.

Valve has revealed that it is replacing the Battle Pass rolled out for the Majors with a brand new monthly subscription service called DOTA Plus.

The firm says that this is an on-going service that will provide "progression and opportunities for improvement". This includes levelling for Heroes in the game, various challenges and the Plus Assistance, which will help consumers make decisions within the game.

In addition, the update sees the return of the Battle Cup, which DOTA Plus subscribers will have access to, with non-subscribers paying $0.99 per week to participate.

The subscription will set gamers back $3.99 per month, with discounts for those buying six or twelve-months in one go.

"Dota Plus is an evolution of the Battle Pass," the announcement post read.

"In the past we released two types of Battle Passes, ones that revolved around the Majors, and one around The International. As a result of the recent introduction of the Pro Circuit, we’ve replaced the Majors Battle Passes with a new type of service that doesn’t depend on a specific start and end date, and one that we can continually add features and content to over time."

DOTA 2 launched back in 2013, and has gone on to become one of the biggest games in the world. Until 2017, it was the most-played Steam game in the world, before a certain Playerunknown's Battlegrounds came around.

Valve has recently said that it plans to roll out updates for DOTA 2 more often moving forward

The firm is also making the most of the IP's popularity, announcing a brand new card game based in the DOTA universe called Artifact. That was revealed at The International 2017 finals, with more details coming out via a Valve press briefing last week

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