DOTA 2 To Foster World Peace Community Rewards For Mentoring
Saying “we should have a way of rewarding the people who are good for our community”, Valve honcho, Billionaire gabe Newell has described an interesting possible aspect of Defense of the Ancients 2 that suggests the possibility or channeling boundless nerd energy of the average gamer for good, not evil. Speaking to the Seven Day Cooldown Podcast (warning: it’s long, but worth a listen), Newell talked about how Valve is thinking about encouraging the DOTA 2 community through merit-based pricing.
“We’re trying to figure out ways so that people who are more valuable to everybody else [are] recognized and accommodated”, he said. “We all know people where if they’re playing we want to play, and there are other people where if they’re playing we would [rather] be on the other side of the planet. The issue that we’re struggling with quite a bit is something I’ve kind of talked about before, which is how do you properly value people’s contributions to a community?” How indeed. The answer? The best idea I’ve heard of for MMOs in a long time.
“An example is – and this is something as an industry we should be doing better,” he said “is charging customers based on how much fun they are to play with. Some people, when they join a server, a ton of people will run with them. Other people, when they join a server, will cause others to leave. We should have a way of capturing that. We should have a way of rewarding the people who are good for our community.” In practical terms, this means financial perks: “a really likable person in our community should get Dota 2 for free, because of past behavior in Team Fortress 2. Now, a real jerk that annoys everyone, they can still play, but a game is full price and they have to pay an extra hundred dollars if they want voice.”
That’s actually a really great concept. Fostering community between the players while simultaneously giving people an incentive to keep playing as much as often. Or put more simply, making ‘getting people to give us money’ look positively altruistic. Well played, Billionaire gabe Newell.