Valve is letting money spoil the fun of Dota 2

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By this point, Dota 2 should need no introduction. Valve’s most popular game now attracts 10 million players every month and this past weekend it became the first Steam title to surpass the milestone of having over a million concurrent users. Just as it reaches this new peak in popularity, however, Dota 2 is hitting a new low with its most ardent fans as server issues have plagued Valve’s introduction of the New Bloom Festival update. But server issues come and go; what’s much worse is the addition of a new Year Beast Brawl game mode that lets players purchase a competitive advantage in the game.

One of the sacrosanct principles of Dota 2 is that the whole game is free to play. Unlike some mobile games that are free to download but then…

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