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This Dota 2 fan set up a billboard to win a beta key

One Dota 2 fan wanted to win a beta key in a big way in Valve’s recent photo contest — like, really big. The rules stipulated entrants submit a photograph of themselves “holding a sign that reads ‘Dota 2’ and your ‘ Username’ in any creative fashion,” and that the image had to be larger than 600×400 px. So Steven Addison put his image on a billboard, because that’s what sane people do to get beta keys.

Placing an ad on an electronic billboard in Addison’s neighborhood normally costs $3,000. Addison and his friend wanted to use the billboard in a student film as well, and after Addison explained their situation, a kind Clear Channel man offered him a small amount of air time for free. We’re very happy to hear that, because compared to the other submissions, even $20 seems like too much to have invested in this contest.



Dota 2 launch moved up to satisfy seething fans

Valve Software has plans to launch Dota 2 in some form much sooner than originally intended. “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,” project lead Abdul “Icefrog” Ismail said in a Dota 2 blog post.

The team had originally planned on “adding new features and slowly growing the number of heroes until we reached a level of parity with Dota 1” before launching the pseudo-sequel, but is moving the launch up in order to satisfy player demand. Regular post-launch updates are still planned.

Icefrog additionally notes that the game will remain “invite only” for the time being, though he’s hoping to minimize that period. It’s still unclear whether Dota 2 will launch as a free-to-play title like competitor League of Legends, but it seems we’ll find out much sooner than later.


Rumor: Dota 2 client leaked, contains ‘ep3’ code

You’ll forgive us if we’re highly speculative about code supposedly unearthed from the leaked beta client for Valve’s upcoming action RTS, Dota 2. It supposedly includes information from a folder named “ep3.” Now wait a minute, stop huffing — we know, we know — and hear us out. As reported by Valve fan site Lambda Generation, the Dota 2 beta client has apparently leaked via Vietnam, and eager fans datamined the code for info, apparently plundering a string of code regarding something called “ep3.”

As you might imagine, both the dataminers and gaming websites are saying the folder pertains to the comically nebulous Half-Life 2: Episode 3, with the code pointing to two weapons — an ice gun and a flamethrower — as well as three “weaponizers” (concrete, liquid, and metal). But wait, why would Valve leave code for another one of its projects in the beta code for Dota 2, especially a project that it refuses to acknowledge exists? In short, Valve’s done some similarly cheeky things in the past to promote its games, albeit not nearly as deep as this would be. We’ve reached out to Valve for word, but don’t expect to hear anything official.


Valve Beta Leaks, Contains DotA 2 Info (and Creepy New Intro)

There’s a closed , very private beta going on at the moment for Valve’s upcoming click simulator DotA 2. Or, at least it was private: one of the participants has apparently leaked the client data onto the internet, spilling all kinds of information on the game.

Among the content currently out there are character icons, backstories, menu screens and mention of game modes (Single Draft, All Random, Random Draft, Captains Draft, Captains Mode, Death Mode, and Easy Mode).

There are also spell icons, though note that many of these are either unfinished or are (amazing) placeholders.

Interestingly, it seems some of the beta’s code contains mention of a free-to-play mode for the game, similar to that being used by Valve’s Team Fortress 2.

For audiophiles, there are almost all of the game’s audio files, including seemingly endless b-rolls of each character’s soundbytes, some of which you can hear in the gallery above.
My favourite, though, is the clip up top, showing that Valve is kicking the game off with a new company intro reel. That’s creepy as hell.

Note that while there’s so much content out there, none of this is confirmed as being from the game. We’ve contacted Valve for comment and will update if we hear back.


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