Posted on September 23, 2011, Phil Owen Valve Wants to Get The DOTA 2 Beta Out There To Everyone As Quickly As Possible
So apparently Valve was planning on hiding DOTA 2 from you for a year! Oh my gosh! They wanted to leave it in closed beta until it was juuuuuuust perfect.
But that changed their minds, because that sucks. Says IceFrog:
Welcome to the new plan: We’re going to take the current version of Dota 2, which has The International set of heroes, and get it out there as fast as we can. We’ve still got some work to do in a couple of areas, so we’ll be keeping it invite-only for a (hopefully short) period of time. But there’ll be no restrictions on what players can do with it – they can release screenshots, make movies, shoutcast matches, write guides, publicly make fun of our HUD, or anything else their hearts desire. While they do that, we’ll be shipping regular updates with more heroes, new features we’ve been working on, and improvements on the existing content as we get more and more feedback.
Now that’s more like it. What a great plan, I say.